I look closely at the critique of democracy proposed by Kant and Hegel in order to shed sharper light on Habermas's support for democratic institutions and practices. It will emerge that neither Kant nor Hegel reject democracy in a global sense and that their grounds for criticizing it are not entirely baseless. Thus, as Habermas's defence of a deliberative politics and a discourse-theory account of democracy are quite crucial to his new philosophy of right, he has therefore fully to take into account modern critiques of democracy such as those of Kant and Hegel.
Document Type: Research Article
Dept. of Int. Politics, University College, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DB.