Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)
versión On-line ISSN 0718-090X
CRISTI, RENATO y TRANJAN, J. RICARDO. Charles Taylor and Republican Democracy. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.3, pp. 599-617. ISSN 0718-090X. doi: 10.4067/S0718-090X2010000300002.
This paper examines Charles Taylor's democratic theory. Taylor defends a republican conception of democracy, which he opposes both to neoliberal democratic minimalism and to Rousseau and democratic republicanism. First, we consider his critique of neoliberal democracy and its conceptual determinations: atomism, negative freedom, proceduralism and. convergent goods. Second, we define Taylor's "republican thesis" which he presents as the condition of the possibility of agrees and self-governed society. Third, we study Taylor's disagreement with the homogenization of interests that Marxism inherits from Rousseau. Finally, we explore the possibility of applying Taylor's democratic theory. The case of Brazil and Chile are analyzed for this purpose.
Palabras clave : Republicanism, democracy; neoliberalism; patriotism; Tocqueville.