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CHARLES R. WALGREEN FOUNDATION LECTURES
First published by the University of Chicago Press, 1951
Phoenix Edition, 1961
Midway Edition, 1977
First University of Notre Dame Press Edition, 1993
Copyright © 1951 Estate Yves R. Simon
Anthony O. Simon
All rights reserved.
James and Suzanne Corbett
IN GRATEFUL AFFECTION
TWICE during the first half of the twentieth century, totalitarian systems have challenged the concept of democracy. These systems have put forward complete philosophies of man and the state, philosophies strong enough to inspire their followers with a crusading spirit.
Democracy has been on the defensive; it has been defended more and more often with the pragmatic argument. But this argument has proved no match for the competing systems. Democracy works, it is true -- but so did fascism, until it was destroyed from outside. The need for a philosophy that shows democracy to be grounded firmly on rational principles -- this need is apparent.
These considerations have prompted the Walgreen Foundation to issue a series of volumes setting forth the basic principles on which democracy rests. These books, it is hoped, will help people everywhere to understand the foundations of democracy and to realize that this system stands on those principles that are necessary to maintain human dignity.
The present volume is the second in the series.
JEROME G. KERWIN
Chairman, Charles R. Walgreen Foundation
for the Study of American Institutions