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Democracy Reconsidered

Edited by Elizabeth Kaufer Busch , Edited by Peter A. Lawler , Contributions by David Alvis , Contributions by Martha Bayles , Contributions by James W. Ceaser , Contributions by Eric Cohen , Contributions by Jocelyn Jones Evans , Contributions by Ann Hartle , Contributions by Joseph M. Knippenberg , Contributions by Peter A. Lawler

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Democracy Reconsidered provides an enlightening study of democracy in America's post-modern context. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch and Peter Augustine Lawler explore some of the foundational principles of democracy as they have been borne out in American society. The essays included in this volume examine the lessons that novelists, philosophers, and political theorists have for democratic societies as they progress towards postmodern skepticism or even disbelief in the absolute principles that form the foundation of democracies.

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  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 566.99g
  • 30 Jun 2009
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739124803
  • 9780739124802

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Elizabeth Kaufer Busch is assistant professor of American Studies and Government and co-director of the Center for American Studies and Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University. Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College.

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The contributors to this fine collection offer a Tocquevillian reflection on democracy in America today in two respects: their investigation of thought and its relation to political action comprehends philosophy, science, religion, and the fine arts; and they write as friends of democracy who address what they regard as contemporary challenges to American government. -- Murray Dry, Middlebury College Democracy Reconsidered is a remarkably lively and wide-ranging collection of essays that addresses the impact of democratic relativism on the modern-and American-character and soul. Whether exploring the contemporary "crisis of self-evidence," the thought of Rorty, Montaigne, Tocqueville, and Strauss, or the role that liberal education can play in opening up democratic hearts and minds, these essays instruct, provoke, and charm. -- Daniel J. Mahoney, Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship, Assumption College

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