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Civil Society in Liberal Democracy

By Mark Jensen

Routledge – 2011 – 190 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

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    978-0-415-88632-1
    March 29th 2011

Description

In this contribution to contemporary political philosophy, Jensen aims to develop a model of civil society for deliberative democracy. In the course of developing the model, he also provides a thorough account of the meaning and use of "civil society" in contemporary scholarship as well as a critical review of rival models, including those found in the work of scholars such as John Rawls, Jurgen Habermas, Michael Walzer, Benjamin Barber, and Nancy Rosenblum. Jensen's own ideal treats civil society as both the context in which citizens live out their comprehensive views of the good life as well as the context in which citizens learn to be good deliberative democrats. According to his idealization, groups of citizens in civil society are actively engaged in a grand conversation about the nature of the good life. Their commitment to this conversation grounds dispositions of epistemic humility, tolerance, curiosity, and moderation. Moreover, their regard for the grand conversation explains their interest in deliberative democracy and their regard for democratic virtues, principles, and practices. Jensen is not a naive utopian, however; he argues that this ideal must be realized in stages, that it faces a variety of barriers, and that it cannot be realized without luck.

Contents

1. Democratic Political Culture 2. What is Civil Society? 3. Congruence Models 4. Mediation Models 5. Critical Models 6. The Convergence Model 7. Reasons for Optimism 8. Global Civil Society without Global Government?

Author Bio

Mark Jensen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Description: By Mark Jensen. In this contribution to contemporary political philosophy, Jensen aims to develop a model of civil society for deliberative democracy. In the course of developing the model, he also provides a thorough account of the meaning and use of "civil...
Categories: Political Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Political Theory