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p. 7910. The Experience of Politics: III. Justice, Freedom, and Democracylocked

  • Kenneth Minogue


‘The Experience of Politics: III. Justice, Freedom, and Democracy’ shows that the supreme navigational tool of politics is the thing called ‘justice’ which in Plato's Republic was the regulative virtue that determined the place of all the other virtues. Justice is an ideal and to say that justice requires a certain policy, or that some existing situation is unjust, is to propose action. The ideals of freedom (or liberty) and democracy are also discussed and it concludes that the direction of politics must always be an outcome of changing judgements about conflicting desirabilities. Ideals are important in politics, but in the end realities must determine where we go, and how fast we travel.

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