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On the many as one : a reply to Kornhauser and Sager

List, Christian ORCID: 0000-0003-1627-800X and Pettit, Philip (2005) On the many as one : a reply to Kornhauser and Sager. Philosophy and Public Affairs, 33 (4). pp. 377-390. ISSN 1088-4963

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1088-4963.2005.00037.x


In a recent paper on ‘The Many as One’, Lewis A. Kornhauser and Lawrence G. Sager look at an issue that we take to be of great importance in political theory. How far should groups in public life try to speak with one voice, and act with one mind? How far should public groups try to display what Ronald Dworkin calls integrity? We do not expect the many on the market to be integrated in this sense. But should we expect integration among the many in the legislature, for example, or among the many on the courts? We agree with Kornhauser and Sager about a number of their claims but think that they miss out on important detail and do not achieve a fully general perspective on the issues raised. Our own contribution is in three sections. We address, first, the nature of the integrity challenge; second, the range of cases in which the challenge arises; and third, the question of whether public groups should be designed and required to meet that challenge.

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Divisions: Government
Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:25

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