Rethinking Democracy: Freedom and Social Co-Operation in Politics, Economy, and Society

Rethinking Democracy: Freedom and Social Co-Operation in Politics, Economy, and Society

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In this book, Carol Gould offers a fundamental reconsideration of the theory of democracy, arguing that democratic decision-making should apply not only to politics but also to economic and social life. Professor Gould redefines traditional concepts of freedom and social equality, and proposes a principle of Equal Positive Freedom in which individual freedom and social co-operation are seen to be compatible. Reformulating basic conceptions of property, authority, economic justice and human rights, the author suggests a number of ways in which these principles could be realised in social institutions. She also discusses such issues as democratic control of technology, the nature of democratic personality, and the question of democracy in international relations.show more

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' ... she present her case with muted words and moderate arguments, not only taking time to consider rival theories of democracy, but stating them as lucidly and attractively as their original exponents , and sometimes even more so. A more impartial and fair-minded advocate it would be hard to find ... no reader can fail to be impressed by the intellectual rigour of her presentation and the charm of her style.' Maurice Cranston, The Times Literary Supplementshow more

About Carol C. Gould

Carol C. Gould is Professor of Philosophy and Political Science and Director of the Center for Global Ethics & Politics at Temple University. She is also Editor of the Journal of Social Philosophy, President of the American Section of the International Society for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy and Executive Director of the Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs. She has been a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and a Fulbright Senior Scholar in France, has held the Fulbright Florence Chair at the European University Institute, and has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Gould is the author of Marx's Social Ontology (MIT, 1978), Rethinking Democracy (Cambridge, 1988), and Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights (Cambridge, 2004), the editor of seven books including Women and Philosophy, Beyond Domination, The Information Web, Cultural Identity and the Nation-State, and Gender, and has published over sixty articles in social and political philosophy, feminist theory, and applied ethics.show more

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Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Freedom, reciprocity, and democracy 2. Ontological foundations of democracy; 3. Social ontology and the question of foundationalism in ethics; 4. Economic justice, self-management, and the principle of reciprocity; 5. Equal rights, individual differences, and the ideal of self-development: paradoxes in the theory of democracy; 6. Contemporary legal conceptions of property and their implications for democracy; 7. What are the human rights? 8. Making participation and authority compatible; 9. Participation and self-management: a model of democracy 10. Technology and ethics: should technology be left to the experts? 11. The democratic personality: self-development, character, and political participation; 12. Cosmopolitical democracy: moral principles among nations; Notes; Index.show more

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