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Author Schnapper, Dominique, author
Title Esprit démocratique des lois. English
The democratic spirit of law / Dominique Schnapper ; with a preface by Mark Lilla
Imprint New York : Routledge, 2017
book jacket
 RCHSS Library  JC423 S33613 2017    AVAILABLE    30560400671464
Descript xiii, 191 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Previously published 2016 by Transaction Publishers
Includes bibliographical references and index
Preface / Mark Lilla -- Introduction -- The temptation and the unlimited from autonomy to the rejection of all dependence -- From liberty to license -- From equality to indistinction -- Criticism of criticism
In this major new work, Dominique Schnapper continues her investigation into changes in contemporary democracy. Although she concentrates on the French example, The Democratic Spirit of Law concerns all democratic societies. Schnapper warns against the danger of corrupting the "principles," as defined by Montesquieu, on which democracy is based. If democracy becomes "extreme," all its founding principles risk being corrupted. Respect for institutions is necessary for freedom to be effective. Furthermore, if democrats cease to distinguish between facts and values, religion and politics, politics and the judiciary, knowledge and opinion, and knowledge and intuition, they will sink into absolute relativism or a nihiilism that threatens the very values on which democratic society is based. By pointing out the danger of corruption inherent in the democratic promise of freedom, equality, and happiness, the author provides intellectual weapons not only to understand, but also to defend democracy, the only system in history, despite its limits and failures, that has humanely organized human societies. Democracy's future depend on citizens' preservation of the founding spirit of the democratic order: recognition of others, and free, reasonable, and controlled criticism of legitimate institutions. -- from back cover
Translated from the French
Subject Democracy
Democracy -- France
Civil society
Civil society -- France
Law -- Political aspects
Law -- Political aspects -- France
Civil society. fast (OCoLC)fst00862876
Democracy. fast (OCoLC)fst00890077
Law -- Political aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst00993795
France. fast (OCoLC)fst01204289
89.35 democracy. bcl
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