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October 3, 2017
The Gold Lounge, Stanford Faculty Club

What Good Is Democracy?

Beyond the provision of material necessities, what is basic democracy-- independent of liberalism or other comprehensive political theories-- good for?

Time & Location

October 3, 2017
The Gold Lounge, Stanford Faculty Club
439 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Description

When political tensions rise and groups grow increasingly frustrated with ideological opponents, citizens can begin to question the very structure of democracy. Beyond the provision of material necessities, what is basic democracy--independent of liberalism or other comprehensive political theories--good for? Drawing from his new book, Demopolis: Democracy Before Liberalism in Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Stanford professor Josiah Ober argued that the exercise of capacities constitutive of humanity and required to participate in the democratic process--namely, sociability, rationality, and communication--is conducive to human flourishing.

Speaker

JOSIAH OBER

JOSIAH OBER

Constantine Mitsotakis Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

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