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By Ferit Güven

Decolonizing Democracy: Intersections of Philosophy and Postcolonial Theory analyzes the concept that and the discourse of democracy. Ferit Güven demonstrates how democracy is deployed as a neo-colonial software to self-discipline and extra subjugate previously colonized peoples and areas. The e-book explains why expanding democratization of the political area within the final 3 many years produced an expanding dissatisfaction and alienation from the method of governance, instead of a contentment as one may need anticipated from "the rule of the people.” Decolonizing Democracy aims to supply a conceptual reaction to the challenge of democracy in modern global. With either a special scope and argument, this publication will attract either philosophy and political technology students, in addition to these all in favour of postcolonial reviews, cultural stories, and peace studies.

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Those whose death contribute and constitute our community can never be treated politically in the same way as those who do not. Menexenus inquires whether Socrates can deliver a funeral speech. Socrates proceeds to deliver a speech that he attributes to his mistress, Aspasia. It is not a “properly” philosophical speech for Plato. Socrates’ speech is an exercise in rhetoric yet it is supposed to be better than those of the other rhetoricians. While the speech is awkward, and enigmatic, it is not insignificant for Plato’s philosophy.

Under the Athenian polity, “while the most part if civic affairs are in the control of the populace, they hand over the posts of government and the power to those who from time to time are deemed to be the best men; and no man is debarred by this weakness or poverty or by the obscurity of his parentage, or promoted because of the opposite qualities, as is the case in other States” (M, 238DE). 20 Chapter 1 It would be incomplete and misleading to confine the problem of democracy to that of practicality of governing.

20 Chapter 1 It would be incomplete and misleading to confine the problem of democracy to that of practicality of governing. That is to say, one could argue that the principle of democracy is precisely the possibility of a few governing chosen by the populace, representing and governing that populace. Socrates continues: On the contrary, the one principle of selection is this: the man that is deemed to be wise and good rules and governs. And the cause of this our polity lies in our equality of birth.

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