From Civic Virtues to Democratic Habits



This chapter endeavors to prove the relevance of the wide view of democracy by comparing the philosophical grammar of democratic habits with the most promising contemporary attempt at revivifying the personal dimension of politics, which is the republican theory of civic virtues. The chapter shows what is to be gained by dropping the notion of virtue and replacing it with that of habits, why democratic habits rather than civic virtues provides us with sharp conceptual tools to analyze how personal factors contribute to the democratic quality of a polity.


Democratic ethos Civic virtues Pragmatism Republicanism John Dewey 


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  1. 1.Centre Marc BlochBerlinGermany

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