AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice

Democracy, Populism, and Truth

Editors: Navin, Mark Christopher, Nunan, Richard (Eds.)

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  • Offers a groundbreaking approach to the relationship between populism, democracy and truth
  • Deals with pressing questions about the nature of populism
  • Addresses the relationships between populism and democratic institutions
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This book tackles questions related to democracy, populism and truth, with results that are sure to inform pressing academic and popular debates. It is common to describe many of today’s most energizing politicians and political movements as populist. Some are progressive advocates of greater economic democracy or individual rights, while others are recognizably authoritarian and anti-democratic, even while claiming to defend democracy. What all populist leaders share in common is a rhetorical approach: their ability to articulate, or at least profess to channel, the wishes of ‘the people’, a group that populist leaders claim a unique ability to understand and govern, especially with regard to their dissatisfaction with ruling elites. They decry corruption (although not necessarily with any sincerity), and they sometimes identify more mainstream politicians and bureaucrats as ‘enemies of the people.’ The rise of populist politics raises pressing questions about the nature of populism, but also about relationships between populism and democratic institutions. For example, is populism ever a democratic tendency, or does its invocation of a monolithic demos (‘the people’) signify a fundamentally anti-democratic worldview? Populist political rhetoric also raises concerns about the relationship between truth, democracy, and journalistic integrity. While the history of anti-democratic advocacy (famously illustrated by Plato) has often highlighted the tendency of a democratic style of politics to prioritize popularity over truth, the development of social media—and evolving norms of journalistic communication and public political discourse—raise these misgivings in new forms.

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Mark Christopher Navin is Professor of Philosophy at Oakland University and Lecturer in Foundational Medical Studies at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. His scholarly work focuses on bioethics and public health ethics.

Richard Nunan is Professor of Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies, and of Film Studies, at the College of Charleston. His primary research is in Philosophy of Law & Political Philosophy, Gender Studies, and Philosophy in Film.       

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democracy, Populism, and Truth
Editors
  • Mark Christopher Navin
  • Richard Nunan
Series Title
AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43424-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43424-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43423-6
Series ISSN
1873-877X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 268
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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