Oct 4 - Democracy Part 2 Summary

Oct 4 - Democracy Part 2 Summary - Summary of Politics...

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1 Summary of Politics 1020E Lecture 8: Democracy, Part Two (October 4, 2011) The eighth lecture outlines and evaluates two types of reason in favour of democracy: intrinsic and instrumental reasons. The first intrinsic reason is self-rule, the idea that democracy is a method for enabling individuals to rule themselves. We are forced to comply with laws, but in democracies we come as close as we can to obeying laws we give to ourselves. Jean-Jacques Rousseau offers a version of this view, although he supports democratic legislation while reserving government (executive power) for the few. It is unclear whether the appeal to autonomy or self-rule can deal with the objection that, in democracies, the majority rules, and that the reality is a minority being ruled by all the rest. Perhaps the self-rule argument can be rescued by focusing on the democratic opportunity to participate in ruling. The second intrinsic reason for democracy is that it embodies a
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course POLISCI 1020E taught by Professor Charlesjones during the Fall '11 term at UWO.

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