Civil Passions: Moral Sentiment and Democratic Deliberation

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Princeton University Press, 31.08.2008 - 262 Seiten

Must we put passions aside when we deliberate about justice? Can we do so? The dominant views of deliberation rightly emphasize the importance of impartiality as a cornerstone of fair decision making, but they wrongly assume that impartiality means being disengaged and passionless. In Civil Passions, Sharon Krause argues that moral and political deliberation must incorporate passions, even as she insists on the value of impartiality. Drawing on resources ranging from Hume's theory of moral sentiment to recent findings in neuroscience, Civil Passions breaks new ground by providing a systematic account of how passions can generate an impartial standpoint that yields binding and compelling conclusions in politics. Krause shows that the path to genuinely impartial justice in the public sphere--and ultimately to social change and political reform--runs through moral sentiment properly construed. This new account of affective but impartial judgment calls for a politics of liberal rights and democratic contestation, and it requires us to reconceive the meaning of public reason, the nature of sound deliberation, and the authority of law. By illuminating how impartiality feels, Civil Passions offers not only a truer account of how we deliberate about justice, but one that promises to engage citizens more effectively in acting for justice.

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Citizenship Judgment and the Politics of Passion
1
Justice and Passion in Rawls and Habermas
27
Recent Alternatives to Rationalism
48
Moral Sentiment and the Politics of Judgment in Hume
77
Affective Judgment in Democratic Politics
111
Public Deliberation and the Feeling of Impartiality
142
The Affective Authority of Law
175
Toward a New Politics of Passion Civil Passions and the Promise of Justice
200
Notes
205
Bibliography
245
Index
257
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Sharon R. Krause is associate professor of political science at Brown University. She is the author of Liberalism with Honor.

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