Philosophical Perspectives on Democracy in the 21st Century

  • Ann E. Cudd
  • Sally J. Scholz

Part of the AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice book series (AMIN, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Meaning of Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Emily R. Gill
      Pages 15-27
    3. Richard T. De George
      Pages 43-54
  3. The Current Polarization

  4. Democracy, Capitalism, and the Influence of Big Money

  5. Democratic Decisions and the (Un)Informed Public

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Jason Brennan
      Pages 191-204
    3. Russell W. Waltz
      Pages 205-217
    4. Wade L. Robison
      Pages 229-239
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-246

About this book


This work offers a timely philosophical analysis of fundamental principles of democracy and the meaning of democracy today.  It explores the influence of big money and capitalism on democracy, the role of information and the media in democratic elections, and constitutional issues that challenge democracy in the wake of increased threats to privacy since 2001 and in light of the Citizens United decision of the US Supreme Court. 
It juxtaposes alternate positions from experts in law and philosophy and examines the question of legitimacy, as well as questions about the access to information, the quality of information, the obligations to attain epistemic competence among the electorate, and the power of money. 
Drawing together different political perspectives, as well as a variety of disciplines, this collection allows readers the opportunity to compare different and opposing moral and political solutions that both defend and transform democratic theory and practice. ​


Conceptual Poverty as a Cause of Political Polarization Corporate Political Speech Democracy & Economic Inequality Democracy and the Information Problem Democracy as Social Myth Democracy in the 21st Century Democracy, Capitalism, and the Influence of Big Money Democracy: A Paradox of Rights Democratic Decisions Distinctions in Democratic Equality Epistocracy Group Identification Is Justice under Welfare State Captitalism? Journalists as Purveyors of Partial Truths Judicial Review and Its Compatibility with Democracy Mass Democracy in a Postfactual Market Society Meaning of Democracy Motivated Reasoning Pragmatic Democracy Precarious Democracy in the U.S. Representative Democracy Republics, Passions, & Protections Social Segregation, Complacency, & Democracy Spread of Democracy as a Manifestation of Progress Taxation in the American Republic Two Visions of Democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Ann E. Cudd
    • 1
  • Sally J. Scholz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-02311-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-02312-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-877X
  • Series Online ISSN 2351-9851
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