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Freedom and Political Form: On Philip Pettit’s Republican Theory of Democracy

Roland Axtmann

Critical Horizons, Pages: 1 - 20

Swansea University Author: Roland Axtmann

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This article critically engages with Philip Pettit’s republican political philosophy, and with his republican theory of democracy in particular. The paper focuses on the question as to which institutional arrangement Pettit considers commensurate with his normative ideal of (neo-Roman) freedom. The...

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Published in: Critical Horizons
ISSN: 1440-9917 1568-5160
Published: 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa40512
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Abstract: This article critically engages with Philip Pettit’s republican political philosophy, and with his republican theory of democracy in particular. The paper focuses on the question as to which institutional arrangement Pettit considers commensurate with his normative ideal of (neo-Roman) freedom. The paper prepares the ground for a critical reconstruction of Pettit’s theory of democracy by highlighting the understanding of democracy in the republican tradition within which Pettit aims to develop his contemporary theory of democracy. It is argued that Pettit has written ‘the people’ as a transformative actor out of the script of democratic theory.
Keywords: Keywords: Philip Pettit – republicanism – democracy – depoliticization – representation
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 1
End Page: 20