David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Res Publica 15 (2):103-120 (2009)
Democracy can be a means to independently valuable ends and/or it can be intrinsically (or non-instrumentally) valuable. One powerful non-instrumental defence of democracy is based on the idea that only it can publicly justify political authority. I contend that this is an argument about the reasonable acceptability of political authority and about the requirements of publicity and that satisfying these requirements has nothing to do with whether a society is democratic or not. Democracy, then, plays no role in publicly justifying political authority. I also show that any non-instrumental defence of democracy must make claims about what justice requires and make several further claims that require substantial justification.
|Keywords||Democracy Reasonable disagreement Justice Reasonable acceptability David Estlund Publicity Public justification|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Richard J. Arneson (2003). Defending the Purely Instrumental Account of Democratic Legitimacy. Journal of Political Philosophy 11 (1):122–132.
T. Christiano (2000). Waldron on Law and Disagreement. Law and Philosophy 19 (4):513-543.
Thomas Christiano (2006). Debate: Democracy's Authority: Reply to Wall. Journal of Political Philosophy 14 (1):101–110.
Thomas Christiano (2004). The Authority of Democracy. Journal of Political Philosophy 12 (3):266–290.
Joshua Cohen (2003). 2 For a Democratic Society. In Samuel Richard Freeman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Rawls. Cambridge University Press. 86.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Joshua Cohen (2009). Philosophy, Politics, Democracy: Selected Essays. Harvard University Press.
J. Oosterhout (2007). Authority and Democracy in Corporate Governance? Journal of Business Ethics 71 (4):359 - 370.
J. van Oosterhout (2007). Authority and Democracy in Corporate Governance? Journal of Business Ethics 71 (4):359-370.
Dean J. Machin (2012). Political Legitimacy, the Egalitarian Challenge, and Democracy. Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (2):101-117.
Elizabeth Anderson (2008). An Epistemic Defense of Democracy: David Estlund's Democratic Authority. Episteme 5 (1):pp. 129-139.
Jeffery D. Smith (2007). Managerial Authority as Political Authority: A Retrospective Examination of Christopher McMahon's Authority and Democracy. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 71 (4):335 - 338.
Arto Laitinen (2010). Seen to Be Done: The Roots and Fruits of Public Equality. [REVIEW] Res Publica 16 (1):83-88.
Patrick Tomlin (2012). Should We Be Utopophobes About Democracy in Particular? Political Studies Review 10 (1):36-47.
Thomas Christiano (2010). The Constitution of Equality: Democratic Authority and Its Limits. OUP Oxford.
Mostapha Benhenda (2011). Liberal Democracy and Political Islam: The Search for Common Ground. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 10 (1):88-115.
Added to index2009-04-27
Total downloads56 ( #26,643 of 1,096,895 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #31,275 of 1,096,895 )
How can I increase my downloads?