This page features a collection of the best resources on democracy. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of democracy:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Democracy. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 13,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of democracy:
“We can evaluate democracy along at least two different dimensions: consequentially, by reference to the outcomes of using it compared with other methods of political decision making; or intrinsically, by reference to qualities that are inherent in the method, for example, whether there is something inherently fair about making democratic decisions on matters on which people disagree…”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Robert B. Talisse’s article: Democracy is like fun: you can’t set your mind to having it [900 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
If you’d like to read a short passage from a classic work of philosophy:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Democracy
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