Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal

Democracy: The Politicizing of Society, by Sheldon S. Wolin

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Sheldon S. Wolin (1922–2015) was a political theorist who held several teaching and research positions, including at the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University. He often wrote on contemporary political issues and was one of the founders of the Berkeley School of Political Theory. His works include Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism (Princeton University Press, 2008), Tocqueville between Two Worlds: The Making of a Political and Theoretical Life (Princeton University Press, 2001), The Presence of the Past: Essays on the State and the Constitution (Johns Hopkins University, 1990), and Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought (Little, Brown and Company, 1960). He has also authored numerous articles, including “Inverted Totalitarianism: How the Bush Regime Is Effecting the Transformation to a Fascist-Like State,” The Nation (2003), and “Political Theory as a Vocation,” American Political Science Review (1969).

Sheldon S. Wolin, “Democracy: The Politicizing of Society,” in “100 Years of Philosophy at the New School,” special issue,Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 40:2 (2019), pp.413–24.

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