The Burden of Democracy

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

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This book offers an original contribution to the debate on contemporary democratic ethics. It argues that public culture provides the mediating spaces required for processes of encounter, but should be supplemented with an open dialogue on history, memory, and identity. Since democratic modernity is consolidating its new phase characterized by the multiplicity of perspectives, the mediation of conflict, identity, and memory are required to continue fostering mutual understanding and the identification of issues of common concern. The historical emergence of a public culture is a democratic gain. Recognizing this offers opportunities for ethical transformation that respects diversity but also addresses the realities of conflict under conditions of more

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  • Electronic book text | 220 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739171895
  • 9780739171899

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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, Japan"show more

About Genevieve Souillac

Genevieve Souillac is currently Senior Associate Professor of Philosophy and Peace Studies at the International Christian University of Japan. "show more