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Sheldon S. Wolin and Nicholas Xenos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691133645

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691133645.001.0001

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Democracy, Difference, and Re-Cognition

Democracy, Difference, and Re-Cognition

(p.405) Chapter 23 Democracy, Difference, and Re-Cognition
Fugitive Democracy

Sheldon S. Wolin

, Nicholas Xenos
Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the emergence of a new pluralism, one that is not couched in appeals to putatively shared values of patriotism, religion, family, private property, and the Founding Fathers, but that relies on provocation, flaunts fixed differences, and tirelessly exposes past injustices so distant in time as to strain common understandings of justice, responsibility, and remedy. What appears to be a confrontation between sharply opposed conceptions of pluralism is, however, more in the nature of an exaggeration or exacerbation of positions that share certain ideological beliefs. Notions of difference that emphasize ethnic, racial, religious, or gender singularity are radical extensions rather than rejections of pluralism. They share a decentered conception of the political; yet both are compelled to appeal to a center of authority to mediate, even though the idea of central authority cuts against the grain of both.

Keywords:   political theory, American politics, pluralism, justice, responsibility, remedy

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