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"An Argument for Democratic Equality" by Thomas Christiano

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What is valuable about democracy and what are the limits of this value? These are among the most important questions in political philosophy today. For when there are disagreements about the path a society should take, some entity or entities must decide what to do. This fact is at the core of most of the problems we face as members of political communities, for we share cultural, economic, and legal institutions with many people, and encounter pervasive conflicts of interests with our fellow human beings and ubiquitous and deep disagreements with them on how to shape these institutions. These disagreements range over matters of human rights, social and economic justice, the common good, and the best means for achieving these aims. Democracy provides a solution to the problem of who may participate in decision-making about matters having profound effects on the people of a society, under circumstances of disagreement and conflict.

Philosophers have explored the legitimate shape, scope, and limits of democratic rule and have provided differing views on the value of democracy.

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This is the first meetup of a new ongoing series we are having on perspectives on democracy.

This week we will discuss the essay "An Argument for Democratic Equality" by Thomas Christiano, a professor of philosophy and law at the University of Arizona. In it, Christiano argues that democratic decision-making is intrinsically just on the grounds that it uniquely embodies the public realization of equality of interests among citizens. In the establishment of law and public policy we must treat persons as equals in ways they can see are treating them as equals.

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