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Hegel's Social EthicsReligion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation$
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Molly Farneth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691171906

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691171906.001.0001

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Democratic Authority through Conflict and Reconciliation

Democratic Authority through Conflict and Reconciliation

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(p.115) Chapter Seven Democratic Authority through Conflict and Reconciliation
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Hegel's Social Ethics
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Molly Farneth

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691171906.003.0007

This chapter provides an account of democratic authority based on the relationships and practices of citizens. In a democratically organized community, citizens' relationships are relationships of reciprocal recognition. Insofar as people call themselves democrats, they ought to be committed to cultivating practices in which they recognize one another's authority and hold one another accountable. These practices include some, but not all, forms of contestation and conflict, as well as practices of reconciliation. The chapter offers examples of what such relationships and practices have looked like in democratic organizing and restorative justice. Hegel holds that authority, when properly constituted and rightly understood, cannot stand apart from people, their relationships, and their practices.

Keywords:   G. W. F. Hegel, democratic authority, organized community, reciprocal recognition, reconciliation, restorative justice

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