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The Right of the People to a Democratic State: Reflections on a Passage in Althusius

Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

in Understanding Liberal Democracy

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744808 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.003.0010
The Right of the People to a Democratic State: Reflections on a Passage in Althusius

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Nowadays the doctrine of popular sovereignty is usually ignored. If it is taken note of and understood, it is usually rejected, either because its implicit ontology is unacceptable to those of a nominalist persuasion or because it is confused with another doctrine that emerged in the late medieval and early modern period, the doctrine of the consent of the governed. The project of this essay is to formulate the doctrine of popular sovereignty and free it from its association with the doctrine of the consent of the governed. The discussion of popular sovereignty takes the form of reflections on the work of Johannes Althusius (ca. 1557-1638).

Keywords: authorization; consent; group sovereignty; Locke; John; membership; personal sovereignty; popular sovereignty; natural right; state; voting

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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