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.
- Hardback | 292 pages
- 154.94 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 566.99g
- 16 Jul 2009
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
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
About Elizabeth Kaufer Busch
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.
Table of contents
Part 1 Introduction: Why a Reconsideration of Democracy is Needed Part 2 Part One: Democratic Relativism: A Crisis of Self-Evidence Chapter 3 Chapter One: Our Crisis of Self-Evidence Chapter 4 Chapter Two: The American Context of Leo Strauss's Natural Right and History Chapter 5 Chapter Three: Gender Feminism in America: A Reconsideration of Nietzsche's Anti-Feminism Chapter 6 Chapter Four: Anti-Snobs and Anti-Artists Part 7 Part Two: Democracy's Transformation of the Human Character and Soul Chapter 8 Chapter Five: Autonomy and Cruelty: Rorty and Montaigne on the Social Bond Chapter 9 Chapter Six: Democracy and Philosophy as a Way of Life Chapter 10 Chapter Seven: A Tale of Two Liberals: Re-Discovering American Liberalism in Flannery O'Connor's The Barber Part 12 Part Three: Educating the Democratic Mind and Spirit Chapter 12 Chapter Eight: The Rift in the Modern Mind: Tocqueville and Percy on the Rise of the Cartesian Self Chapter 14 Chapter Nine: Religion and Community in Liberal Education and Liberal Democracy Chapter 15 Chapter Ten: A Plea to Protect and Promote the Small Liberal Arts College as Such Chapter 16 Chapter Eleven: Liberal Education and the Democratic Man Chapter 17 Chapter Twelve: Liberal Education: A Friendly Critic of Liberal Democracy Part 18 Part Four: Democracy in American Politics and Society Chapter 19 Chapter Thirteen: Friendly Critics: Tocqueville and Croly on American Political Parties Chapter 20 Chapter Fourteen: Bioethics and the American Characterwith a response by Eric Stone entitled "Of Revulsion and Joy" Chapter 21 Chapter Fifteen: Progress or Tyranny? The Goodridge Dissents Chapter 22 Chapter Sixteen: Women Against Liberation: Opposing Feminism in a Democratic Age