Democracy as a Modally Demanding Value

Noûs 47 (2):504-521 (2013)
Abstract
Imperialism seems to be deeply antithetical to democracy. Yet, at least one form of imperialism – what I call “hands-off imperialism" – seems to be perfectly compatible with the kind of self-governance commonly thought to be the hallmark of democracy. The solution to this puzzle is to recognize that democracy involves more than self-governance. Rather, it involves what I call self-rule. Self-rule is an example of what Philip Pettit has called a modally demanding value. Modally demanding values are, roughly, values the instantiation of which depends not only on what actually happens, but on what would happen in certain non-actual circumstances. Self-rule is the modally demanding counterpart of self-governance, since it requires, not merely that the members of a state actually govern themselves, but that they would continue to do so across a range of non-actual situations. Moreover, the value of self-rule (and hence democracy) is not reducible to the value of self-governance. Understanding the modally demanding character of democracy allows us to appreciate what is democratically objectionable about occupation by a foreign power, even if there is no prospect of the foreign power intervening in the governance of the occupied state by its members.
Keywords Democracy  Self-rule  Self-governance  Modally demanding values
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/nous.12021
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
"Actual" Does Not Imply "Feasible".Nicholas Southwood & David Wiens - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (11):3037-3060.
Democracy and the Right to Exclusion.Ludvig Beckman - 2014 - Res Publica 20 (4):395-411.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
The Phenomenology of Democracy.Robert Keith Shaw - 2009 - Policy Futures in Education 7 (3):340-348.
Utilitarianism, Contractualism and Demandingness.Alison Hills - 2010 - Philosophical Quarterly 60 (239):225-242.
Three Conceptions of Democratic Control.Philip Pettit - 2008 - Constellations 15 (1):46-55.
Reflexive Governance and Indigenous Self‐Rule: Lessons in Associative Democracy?Andre J. Hoekema - 2001 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 4 (1):157-186.
Democracy and the Persistence of Power.Preston King - 1998 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1 (4):93-112.
Majority Rule and Minority Rights.Jitendra Nath Sarker - 2006 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 2:169-173.
Philosophical Essays.Teodros Kiros - 2011 - Red Sea Press.
Poverty as a Threat to Democratic Values.H. P. P. Lotter - 2008 - Public Affairs Quarterly 22 (2):175-193.
Multiple Citizenship: Normative Ideals and Institutional Challenges.Eva Erman & Andreas Follesdal - 2012 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (3):279-302.
Added to PP index
2013-02-25

Total downloads
685 ( #2,580 of 2,237,298 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
34 ( #12,578 of 2,237,298 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature