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Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate

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Politics in America are polarized and trivialized, perhaps as never before. In Congress, the media, and academic debate, opponents from right and left, the Red and the Blue, struggle against one another as if politics were contact sports played to the shouts of cheerleaders. The result, Ronald Dworkin writes, is a deeply depressing political culture, as ill equipped for th
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published September 10th 2006 by Princeton University Press (first published 2006)
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Mohammad Mirzaali
کتاب رونالد دِوُرکین، درسنامهای برای دموکراسی درامریکاست. البته عمومیت مباحث کتاب آن را برای هر خوانندهای قابل مطالعه کرده است. مهمترین مباحث این کتاب پرداختن به اصل برابری و آزادی، حقوق بشر، دین، مالیات و مشروعیت در امریکا -به عنوان منازعاتی بین لیبرالها و محافظهکاران است ...more
Jan 25, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: methodological
آیا دموکراسی در آمریکا ممکن است؟ / رونالد دورکین / تهران: مینوی خرد، چاپِ اول 1392
مشارکتِ سیاسی
فرهنگِ سیاسی
کلیسا و دولت و تروریسم
عدالتِ اجتماعی
سیاست و حکومت: ایالاتِ متحده، 1989م


متن معرفی: از مقدمهی نویسنده، در این ویرایش: من این کتاب را به این دلیل نوشتهام که معتقدم ما در دورهای قرار داریم که ایالات متحده در معرض خطر سیاسی خاصی قرار دارد. بهنوعی این کتاب دربارهی نبود بحث سیاسی در آمریکای سالهای آغازین قرن بیستویکم است. موضوعات آن نیز کمتر مقید به فرهنگ سیاسی یک کشور خاص است. زیرا هر
Kent Winward
Mar 10, 2014 Kent Winward rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to Dworkin nearly 30 years ago in law school. Dworkin's theme is essentially that given a certain set of fundamental premises, the political debate should have a certain outcome and if you get a different outcome, then the argument's aren't coming from the same premise. Logically the argument is compelling. The reality of course is harder to make happen, but in some ways this should be a guide book on how to structure political argument.

Values of individual liberty and hu
Jun 23, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it
If there's one thing I'll take away from this book it is that anyone with a vested interest in the topic at hand should, at all costs, avoid getting in an argument with Ronald Dworkin! Unless, that is, they're bent on losing from the outset!

Okay, that's not really the best conclusion, in that the whole book argues just the opposite, but either way, from reading this book it is clear that arguing with Dworkin would be no walk in the park!

He begins the book by telling readers exactly what he's out
Feb 15, 2013 Broodingferret rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, philosophy
This was an intriguing read. Dworkin is spot on that our polarized politics have led to a diminishment of productive discourse in the U.S. and his thesis that we need to identify core principles in which we all agree on, but the implementation of which we could theoretically disagree on in on the right track. I also think that the two core principles he identifies-a belief in the value of all human life and a belief in personal responsibility-are appropriate, though I'm not convinced they're as ...more
Dave Kinkead
Dworkin outlines a normative account of political justice and legitimacy, and its implications for human rights, religion and taxation, based on two fundamental principals: intrinsic value and personal responsibility.

His unique contribution stems from his argument that legitimacy is derived not from consent but the states equal concern for all citizens.
Disappointing. I sat patiently through all of these syllogisms, etc., hoping the book really was going to propose some practical and politically feasible solutions to our deeply polarized and trivialized political process, but it never really did. All of Dworkin's arguments are logically sound and lead to the same conclusions I already share, but in most cases there's a much simpler and more compelling argument that leads to the same conclusion, I kept thinking.

Reading this book was depressing.
Mar 07, 2013 Ray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ronald Dworkin seems to be pleading for the introduction of common sense into the political debate in our Country, but any immediate resolution seems far down the road. Overall, I felt this was a somewhat uninspired, boring discussion of underlying principles which could lead to reaching agreement by those on the left and those on the right, and thereby lead to a functioning democracy instead of the partisan divide we presently have in Washington D.C.
Nov 16, 2015 Akaitsoti rated it really liked it
Πρωτη φορα επιασα να διαβασω πολιτικη φιλοσοφια κι ευτυχως ετυχε να ειναι αυτο το βιβλιο. Η μεθοδος της επιχειρηματολογιας στα καλυτερα της.
Feb 26, 2013 Charles rated it really liked it
Erudite, thoughtful, and engaging. While not always agreeing woth Dworkin's perspective, hisbrilliance and passion are.most admirable.
Donald Powell
I could not follow his tortured sentence structure. I found it very difficult to track his thought processes from one point to the next.
Michelle Devidi
Aug 19, 2008 Michelle Devidi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in the current state of American Politics
Dworkin is very accessible, you don't need to be a Political Science student to get into this book. Very engaging.
Bisser Dyankov
Jan 07, 2013 Bisser Dyankov rated it really liked it
Thoroughly thought-provoking.
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Ronald Dworkin, QC, FBA was an American philosopher of law. He was a Jeremy Bentham Professor of Law and Philosophy at University College London, Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at New York University, and has taught previously at Yale Law School and the University of Oxford. An influential contributor to both philosophy of law and political philosophy, Dworkin received the 2007 Holberg Intern ...more
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