Practical Philosophy Seminar: Kim Angell

Kim Angell, "Freedom and Democratic Inclusion: Two Versions of the All-Subjected to Coercion Principle"

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Kim Angell, Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy, Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University.


This paper analyses a prominent principle in the debate on democratic inclusion, the all-subjected to coercion principle (ASC). According to ASC, a person has a right to inclusion in a polity’s decisions if and only if those decisions (will) coerce her. My paper has two aims. First, based upon the well-known distinction between liberal and republican freedom, I identify two different versions of ASC, and map the degree of commitment to those versions in the current debate. Second, I argue that proponents of ASC have good reason to favor its liberal version. Doing so will enable them generally to withhold the franchise from people whom they typically (but not invariably) aim to exclude: those permanently located outside the polity’s territory and those who are transient visitors in it.

Published Jan. 7, 2020 4:11 PM - Last modified Feb. 25, 2020 1:33 PM