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Rationality and Constraints on Democratic Rule

  • Jeffrie G. Murphy
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Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 54)

Abstract

There are various reasons why one might prefer democratic rule over alternative institutions.1 One might believe it is the most rational way to maximize preference satisfaction, or that it does the best job of giving persons the socially beneficial illusion that preference satisfaction is being maximized, or that it is the fairest way to make collective social decisions, or that it gives persons the socially beneficial illusion of being the fairest, or that it is—though highly defective on grounds of both utility and fairness—still less defective than any alternative mechanism, or that certain societies are simply used to it and any radical change would be disruptive, or some combination of all of these considerations.

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Moral Theory Judicial Review Reflective Equilibrium Coherence Model Equal Protection 
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  • Jeffrie G. Murphy
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  1. 1.College of LawArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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