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Legal Rules, Moral Norms and Democratic Principles

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Edited By Bartosz Wojciechowski, Piotr W. Juchacz and Karolina Cern

The book tackles significant problems that each historian of law faces in the light of present decline of philosophical, ethical and ideological canons in the overall context of western civilization. The issues discussed in the book manifest themselves in the question whether the «democratic turn» is a real or just a virtue one. Democracy generally means governance by the people – but who are the people? What kind of governance by the people can be claimed as democratic – all of the various types that exist or only a single, chosen one? What – if any – is the normative issue of such a governance? Democracy, after all, is not a simple descriptive model of governance; it is deeply rooted in our preferences and hence normative patterns of conduct, which are not yet to be understood as the norm but rather as founding principles. Democracy is a thoroughly normative model. It is always as constructed and uttered in the picture of life at the same time.
Bartosz Wojciechowski is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Łód´z (Poland) and a judge in the District Administrative Court. He has published and co-edited several books, most recently Philosophical Approach to the Interculturality of Criminal Law (2010).
Piotr W. Juchacz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Program Coordinator in the Center for Public Policy at Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna´n (Poland). He published two monographs: Deliberation – Democracy – Participation (2006) and Socrates. Philosophy in Action (2004). He also co-edited ten collected volumes.
Karolina M. Cern is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Chair of Ethics, at Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna´n (Poland). She is an author of two monographs: The Conception of Time by Early Heidegger (2007); and together with E. Nowak Ethos in Public Life (2008). She also co-edited five collected volumes.