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Демокрация или демократично общество
Democracy or Democratic Society

Author(s): Olga Simova
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: political democracy; democratic society; global society; John Dewey; K. Marx; Anthony Giddens; Ulrich Beck

Summary/Abstract: The article considers the John Dewey’s concept of democracy with regard to earlier (Marx) and to contemporary (Giddens, Beck) left-radical ideas. The article highlights similar epistemological, anthro polo gical and political views in these theories. Very important is the rejection or the underestimation of the political democracy and the emphasis on the democratic life in order to build a new society, quite different from the existing societies. The article consists of three parts. The fi rst one examines the understanding of democracy as a non political phenomenon and as a synonym for a new type of human existence by the early Marx and the later view of Marx and Lenin on the democracy as “hypocrisy”. The second part analyzes the Dewey’s concept of democracy as “mode of associated living” and draws attention to some signifi cant resemblances and also some differences from the early conception of Marx. The third part considers the understanding of the democratic society as identical with the global society in which the communication of people is not restricted by political borders. In this question there are also identifi ed signifi cant similarities between the conception of Marx, Dewey and some contemporary thinkers (Giddens, Beck). The conclusion is that the political democracy and the democratic society are compatible, but the idea of some kind of new non-political democratic global society is deemed as unrealistic.

  • Issue Year: XX/2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 89-97
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian