Democracy surrounds us like the air we breath, and is normally taken very much for granted. Across the world democracy has become accepted as an unquestionably good thing. Yet upon further examination the merits of democracy are both paradoxical and problematic, and the treasured values of liberty and equality can be used to argue both for and against it.
In the historical section of the book, Ross Harrison clearly traces the history of democracy by examining the works of, amongst others, Plato and Aristotle, Hegel and Marx. Informed by facts and detailed knowledge of these famous thinkers, Harrison provides a clear and cogent justification of democracy.

chapter Chapter I|13 pages


chapter Chapter II|20 pages

The Greeks

chapter Chapter IV|11 pages


chapter Chapter V|27 pages

Revolutions, Liberty and Law

chapter Chapter VI|24 pages

Benthamand the Mills

chapter Chapter VII|19 pages

Reason in History: Hegel and Marx

chapter Chapter VIII|16 pages


chapter Chapter IX|14 pages


chapter Chapter X|15 pages


chapter Chapter XI|21 pages


chapter Chapter XII|19 pages

Threading some Paradoxes

chapter Chapter XIII|17 pages

An Impartial Conclusion