The book presents a variety of philosophical and socio-political perspectives related to the relationship between persuasion and compulsion in democracy. It meets the need of the present time, in America and in Europe, to re-read and discuss the basic assumptions of democracy and the role of individual within it in the context of institutional persuasions that can become factual compulsions for other institution and, first of all, individuals.
Jacquelyn Kegley is CSU outstanding professor of philosophy and Wang Family awardee for outstanding teaching, research, and service. She is professor of philosophy and chair of the department of philosophy and religious studies at California State University, Bakersfield. She is author of Josiah Roxce in Focus and Genuine Individuals and Genuine Communities: A Roycean Public Philosophy. She is an author and editor of Genetic Knowledge as well of numerous articles on American Philosophy, Genetic technology, and contributed to the volume, Pragmatic Bioetchics. She also contributed to Library of Living Philosophers volumes on Marjorie Grene, Paul Weiss, and Richard Rorty. She is immediate past president of the society for the advancement of American Philosophy and a recipient of the Herbert Schnieder Award for outstanding contributions of American Philosophy. Krzysztof (Chris) Piotr Skowronski, PhD, teaches contemporary philosophy, aesthetics, cultural anthropology, Polish Philosophy, and American Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Opole University, Poland. He co-organizes annual conferences on American and European Values. He authored books: Values and Powers. Re-reading the Philosophical Tradition of American Pragmatism (Rodopi in 2009) and Santayana and America. Values, Liberties, Responsibility (Cambridge Scholars 2007). He co-edited books: (with Matthew Flamm) Under Any Sky. Contemporary Readings of George Santayana (Cambridge Scholars 2007); (with Matthew Flamm and John Lachs) American and European Values: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars 2008); (with Larry Hickman, Matthew Flamm and Jennifer Rea) The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey: Reflections of Aesthetics, Morality, Science, and Society (Rodopi 2011); (with Kelly Parker) Josiah Royce for the Twenty First Century (Lexington 2012); and (with Cornelis de Waal) The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce (Fordham, 2012).
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Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley, Krzysztof Piotr Skowronski