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Felelőtlen demokrácia
Irresponsible Democracy

Author(s): Attila Károly Molnár
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: MTA Politikai Tudományi Intézete
Keywords: demokrácia; felelősség; hierarchia; lelkiismeret

Summary/Abstract: The paper focuses on responsibility in modern democracy understood as an egalitarian political society. Roughly speaking there three self-interpretations of egalitarian regimes are the contractualist, the mutualist and the scientism based ones. The common rhetoric of egalitarian people combines them in such a way that eliminates personal responsibilities. Without hierarchical decision makers (forum externum) responsibility cannot be decided, as one may learn from the ancient wisdom: nemo iudex in causa sua. Therefore, democracy may contain responsibility only if there are no egalitarian relations or conscience (forum externum). Democracy may fulfil several hopes of its believers, but responsibility is not among them. It seems to fall back upon non-democratic/ non-egalitarian supporting institutions and phenomena.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 43-58
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Hungarian