The American Political Reformer Herbert Croly Wrote, For Better Or Worse, Democracy Cannot Be Disentangled From An Aspiration Toward Human Perfectibility Democratic Faith Is At Once A Trenchant Analysis And A Powerful Critique Of This Underlying Assumption That Informs Democratic Theory Patrick Deneen Argues That Among Democracy S Most Ardent Supporters There Is An Oft Expressed Belief In The Need To Transform Human Beings In Order To Reconcile The Sometimes Disappointing Reality Of Human Self Interest With The Democratic Ideal Of Selfless Commitment This Transformative Impulse Is Frequently Couched In Religious Language, Such As The Need For Political Redemption This Is All The Striking Given The Frequent Accompanying Condemnation Of Traditional Religious Belief That Informs The Democratic Faith At The Same Time, Because So Often This Democratic Ideal Fails To Materialize, Democratic Faith Is Often Subject To A Particularly Intense Form Of Disappointment A Mutually Reinforcing Cycle Of Faith And Disillusionment Is Frequently Exhibited By Those Who Profess A Democratic Faith In Effect Imperiling Democratic Commitments Due To The Cynicism Of Its Most Fervent Erstwhile Supporters.Deneen Argues That Democracy Is Ill Served By Such Faith Instead, He Proposes A Form Of Democratic Realism That Recognizes Democracy Not As A Regime With Aspirations To Perfection, But That Justifies Democracy As The Regime Most Appropriate For Imperfect Humans If Democratic Faith Aspires To Transformation, Democratic Realism Insists On The Central Importance Of Humility, Hope, And Charity.
Patrick J Deneen holds a B.A in English literature and a Ph.D in Political Science from Rutgers University From 1995 1997 he was Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency From 1997 2005 he was Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton University From 2005 2012 he was Tsakopoulos Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown Uni
- 365 pages
- Democratic Faith (New Forum Books)
- Patrick J. Deneen
- 12 November 2017 Patrick J. Deneen