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Unit 10: Democracy
About this unit
It is a modern truism that democracy is the best form of government. But this is a recent development. For most of recorded history, democracy has been viewed with great suspicion. Even today, many people who support democracy would be hard-pressed to explain why.
In this unit, we explore the philosophical foundations of democracy, examine the arguments of some of its most influential defenders, and consider some of the challenges democracies face.