By Claes G. Ryn
This learn is going to the guts of ethics and politics. Strongly argued and lucidly written, the e-book makes an important contrast among varieties of democracy. the writer defends constitutional democracy as possibly supportive of the moral lifestyles, whereas he criticizes the plebiscitary type of democracyas undermiining man's ethical nature. The publication contains an in depth interpretation and refutation of the tips of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and provides a brand new point of view at the American structure and the connection among ethical group and self-interest. This version comprises a huge new part at the universal sturdy and the kingdom of Western democracy.
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"One of the easiest books at the terrain the place politics and morality precariously overlap, urged vigorously to all who're interested by the lack of political morality."--Peter Viereck
"An first-class and masses wanted research, and synthesis, of the relation of man's ethical existence to democratic, constitutional self rule."--Vera Lex
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All human action is at the same time valuation. Factual, conceptual statements about it thus express a moral reality. To try to extract from a "fact" its "value" component is only to conceal from view that what is designated a "fact" is simultaneously and unavoidably assigned a positive or negative role in the achievement of the comprehensive goal whose value is necessarily affirmed whenever the designating activity is performed. Our way of interpreting reality, our sense of proportion and value, is the result of innumerable acts of will and related conceptual adjustments in the past.
He is not caught in some chain of stimulus and response. In Cassirer's words: "There is an unmistakable difference between organic reactions and human responses. In the first case a direct and immediate answer is given to an outward stimulus; in the second case the answer is delayed. " 14 In the inner monologue which is characteristic of man, present perceptions, memories, and projections are freely manipulated to fit whatever purpose he has in mind. Whereas the animal seems forever bound to its peculiar pattern of behavior, man can imagine himself in new circumstances.
Just enough should be said to show that this approach suffers from grave difficulties. The following attempt to lift the ban on a certain type of evidence and reasoning will have the additional purpose of making the notion of a distinctively human, spiritual nature clearer. It should be noted that I shall be criticizing a tendency in modern political science (and other social sciences) rather than individual intellectual positions, such as may be found among those loosely and often ambiguously described as behavioralists.
Democracy and the Ethical Life: A Philosophy of Politics and Community by Claes G. Ryn