Two Lockes Two Keys: Tolerance and Reciprocity in a Culture of Democracy

In Leonard Harris (ed.), The Critical Pragmatism of Alain Locke. Lanham, MD 20706, USA: pp. 161-174 (1999)
Greg Moses
Texas State University
Alain Locke makes epochal contributions to a philosophy of progressive democracy when he presents the human community as irreducibly arranged in "psychological tribes" or groups, which, in turn, require principles of intergroup relations. Thus, Locke develops a concept of functional reciprocity that allows us to evaluate group dynamics as more or less democratic. This is an advance on classic liberal theory of democracy found in the work of John Locke, for whom democracy is an arrangement between individuals who may establish democracy through a principle of toleration.
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