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Democracy/Pettit: Pettit thesis: Democracy is more to be understood as "contestatory" ((s) competitive) than as "consensual" ((s) being in accordance with).(1) This means that all political decisions, in particular decisions on state directives and state regulation, must be justified by a critical public and must in principle be considered contestable.
Procedure: According to Pettit, the basis for this should be laid in a "deliberative republic" ((s) advisory republic). (2) The aim is always to make the arguments of others heard. Democracy thus has an "inclusive" effect with regard to minorities.
PettitVsPettit: his later work "Just Freedom", however, contains statements that take back this deliberative dynamic of democracy and emphasize that above all the prevention of state coercive power marks the core of the republican understanding of democracy. (3)
So it is less about civil disputes and more about consensus on the assessment of state intervention rights. See State/Pettit.



1. Philip Pettit, Republicanism. A Theory of Freedom and Government, Oxford 1997, S. 185
2. Ebenda S. 187
3. Philip Pettit 2015, Gerechte Freiheit. Ein moralischer Kompass für eine komplexe Welt, Berlin 2015. S. 157, vgl. Pettit On the People’s Terms. A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy, Cambridge
2012, S. 22.

Emanuel Richter, „Philip Pettit, Republicanism“, in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Pett I
Ph. Pettit
Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World New York 2014

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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