Democracies put political power in the hands of the people. But why should people have a say in the operations of the states that govern them? Are democratic states preferable to non-democratic states? If so, is there something intrinsically good about democracy, or does it merely serve an instrumental role? By what procedures should citizens’ votes be counted? How do we keep the voices of the ignorant from drowning out those of the wise? These, as well as other related questions, are explored in this timely anthology of forty historical and contemporary readings.
Short introductions preceding each reading and a general introduction increase student comprehension across the spectrum of readings. With each reading edited for length and accessibility, this volume is ideal for both the undergraduate and graduate students in political theory and philosophy courses.
Steven M. Cahn is professor emeritus of philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center.Robert B. Talisse is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and director of graduate studies in philosophy at Vanderbilt University.Andrew Forcehimes is assistant professor of philosophy at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Introduction by Robert B. Talisse
PART ONE: CLASSIC SOURCES
PART TWO: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
Cahn, Talisse, and Forcehimes have put together a wide-ranging and thoughtfully crafted collection to explore the philosophical debates about democracy, from Plato’s challenge to the modern conflict between self-government and political equality. Each text comes with a crisp introduction that alerts the reader to the author’s central thesis. This volume will prove to be an ideal resource in every political philosophy classroom at the undergraduate and graduate level.
A timely and useful addition to AEJMC’s master class series, this book provides valuable information for the instructor of mass communication classes that focus on race. Editors George Daniels and Robin Bloom have collected articles that expertly guide the instructor on effective strategies for teaching race and managing difficult conversations.
A valuable resource for anyone interested in the study of democracy—its nature, its value, its limitations. This volume offers a diverse and comprehensive array of sources, both classical and contemporary, that will prove helpful for students, teachers, and the public at large.