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The Democratic Horizon: Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism

The Democratic Horizon: Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism

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Alessandro Ferrara
Cambridge University Press, 3/24/2014
EAN 9781107035515, ISBN10: 1107035511

Hardcover, 254 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

Alessandro Ferrara explains what he terms 'the democratic horizon' - the idea that democracy is no longer simply one form of government among others, but is instead almost universally regarded as the only legitimate form of government, the horizon to which most of us look. Professor Ferrara reviews the challenges under which democracies must operate, focusing on hyperpluralism, and impresses a new twist onto the framework of political liberalism. He shows that distinguishing real democracies from imitations can be difficult, responding to this predicament by enriching readers' understanding of the spirit of democracy; clearing readers' views of pluralism from residues of ethnocentrism; and conceiving multiple versions of democratic culture, rooted in the diversity of civilizational contexts.

Introduction
1. Reasons that move the imagination
politics at its best
2. Democracy and openness
3. Reflexive pluralism and the conjectural turn
4. Hyperpluralism and the multivariate democratic polity
5. Cuius religio, eius res publica
on multiple democracies
6. Multiculturalism
negation or completion of liberalism?
7. Beyond the nation
governance and deliberative democracy
8. Truth, justification and political liberalism
Conclusion.