Application: Principles of Democracy

Title: Assignment: Application: Essential Principles of Democracy

• Review the article “Democracy and Equality” 

• Consider whether you think equality is a fundamental democratic principal. 

• Review the article “Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy” 

• Consider the democratic principle of liberty as it relates to democratic governance. 

• Think about the tenets of John Stuart Mill’s conception of democracy and whether you agree or disagree with the ideas he proposed.

• Select at least two democratic principles that you consider fundamental and essential to democracy. 

• Select at least two democratic principles that you consider related and desirable but not essential to democracy.

• Think about what conclusions might be drawn about democratic principles as they relate to democratic governance. 

References

Post, R. (2006). Democracy and equality. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 603(1), 24–36.

Brink, D. (2007). Mill’s moral and political philosophy. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Fall 2008 ed.). Retrieved from http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/mill-moral-political/

Machan, T. (2005). The right to private property. In Internet encyclopedia of philosophy. Retrieved from http://www.iep.utm.edu/property/

The United Nations. (1948). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Waldron, J. (2004). Property and ownership. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Spring 2012 ed.). Retrieved from http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/property/

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014d). Democratic principles [Audio file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Wright, Q. (1954). Human rights and charter revision. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 296(1), 46–55.