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Democracy
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Democracy as the Principle of the Legitimation of the Political

1. Democracy was already discussed in the philosophy of antiquity; only in modern times, however, has it become the principle of the legitimation of government. Unlike the traditional typology of the constitution, essentially molded by Aristotle, democracy today no l…

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Bielefeldt, Heiner, “Democracy”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 31 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00112>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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