The Burden of Democracy

The Burden of Democracy : The Claims of Culture, Public Culture, and Democratic Memory

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In The Burden of Democracy: The Claims of Cultures and Public Culture, Genevieve Souillac offers an original contribution to the debate on contemporary democratic ethics and vindicates the universal development of democracy. This book argues that a public culture articulated around the three principles of deliberative justice, history and encounter can deepen inclusion, mediation, and democratic pluralism under conditions of more

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  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739126296
  • 9780739126295

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This book is important because it weaves together both Anglophone and Continental thinking in political philosophy. Examining the role of historical memory in the debate on democratic ethics not only constitutes an original theoretical contribution-ultimately, it can further support the democratic pluralism the book defends. -- Marcel Gauchet, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris This is a very important book. It gives us a comprehensive conceptual framework for the creation of the inclusive spaces for public deliberation and mediation necessary in order for 'post-colonial,' 'post-national' and 'post-totalitarian' democracies to function. Such spaces are ones in which we can all be ourselves together, not only as individual persons, but also as members of our various communities of belonging. It is only in such inclusive spaces that, together, we can create a common future we can all enter together as full human beings. -- Jacqueline Wasilewski, Professor (Retired), International Christian University (ICU), Senior Fellow, Society for Intercultural Education, Training & Research (SIETAR), Adviser, Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) Text without context is pretext! In Burden of Democracy, Souillac powerfully reveals how the public sphere contextualizes and contains the politics of difference, pluralism and democratic justice as individuals and groups search for meaning and identity in a globalized world. -- Kevin P. Clements, University of Otago, New Zealand The volume is wide-ranging, thorough, and penetrating in the author's elucidation of the 'burden of democracy' today. This is a stimulating work of original and reliable scholarship that sheds light on the current democracy of France as well as on the current tasks of democratic theorizing. -- Shin Chiba, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japanshow more

About Genevieve Souillac

Genevieve Souillac is senior associate professor of philosophy and peace studies at the International Christian University of more

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: Justice Chapter 1: The Burden of Difference: Pluralist Justice and the Public Sphere Chapter 2: Moral Conversations and Democratic Hermeneutics Chapter 3: Particularism versus Universalism: A False Debate? Part II: Memory Chapter 4: Secularism, Culture, and Critique Chapter 5: Laicite and the Memory of Public Culture Chapter 6: The Ties that Bind: Public Culture and the Debt to the Past Part III: Encounter Chapter 7: Normative Solidarity and Public Hermeneutics Chapter 8: From Intersubjectivity to Encounter Chapter 9: Exit of Religion, Debt of Meaning Conclusionshow more