Socrates recognizes the capacity for dialogue with oneself—or, thoughtfulness—as essential for democratic citizenship. George Orwell, in his essay “Politics and the English Language,” also explores the relationship between thought and language: “If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Together, Orwell and Socrates invite readers today to consider thoughtfulness, rooted in robust ethical language, […]
A Political Theory Review interview with Ines Valdez, Associate Professor and Director of the Latina/o Studies Program at The Ohio State University, about her recent book “Transnational Cosmopolitanism: Kant, Du Bois, and Justice as a Political Craft” (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Hear more interviews from The Political Theory Review.
Democracy In Decline? is a collection of works from the 25th Anniversary edition of the Journal of Democracy, discussing the possible global decline of democracy. Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner bring together a wide range of theoretical arguments, prompting readers to question each author’s perspective on the topic. The succinct, broad-strokes chapters situate this book […]
While Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835) has undeniably contributed to a robust understanding of American culture, his description of American political principles misinterprets the origins of the separation of church and state. Tocqueville focuses on Puritan influence on American political thought, concluding that Puritans’ love of liberty inspired American religious liberty and American […]