PHM 2204 Lecture 5

PHM 2204 Lecture 5 - PHM 2204 David Copp MAJORITY RULE,...

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PHM 2204 Fall, 2007 David Copp MAJORITY RULE, REPRESENTATION, AND DEMOCRACY Is democracy justified? To answer this question, we need to know what is meant by democracy. Controversial. We will focus on majority rule and representation * recall Madison’s definition of “republican government.” We also need to know what is meant by “justification”. Justification and Legitimation (PP 107) (a) To justify a political arrangement is to show it is best for us to live under. OPTIMALITY justification Would it be better to have rule by experts? Would dictatorship be better? (Simmons also mentions the idea of a “permissive” justification) * Two kinds of optimality justification (PP 108): * INSTRUMENTAL: claim that democratic procedures reliably produce results that are morally or prudentially better than those that tend to be produced by other political decision procedures. * INTRINSIC: claim that democratic procedures are in themselves morally or prudentially better than other political decision procedures. (b) To legitimate a political arrangement is to show it is obligatory
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PHM 2204 Lecture 5 - PHM 2204 David Copp MAJORITY RULE,...

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