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Strid om Demokratiet

By Morten Steinmejer Nikolajsen


Inspired by Koselleck’s conceptual history, this thesis examines the different notions of the concept of democracy in the immediate post-war Denmark. As a result of the fall of the fascist autocracy, a positive stance on the democracy now was inevitable but endorsement aside, the notion of democracy of the debaters differed. The thesis mainly focuses on Alf Ross who regarded democracy as a form of government based on the principle of majority, and on Hal Koch who considered democracy as a way of life, a mental disposition. The two authors’ concepts of freedom and equality are discussed in relation to the pervasive topics of freedom of speech and economical democracy. Furthermore, their notions of democracy are discussed in the light of their general personas, respectively professor of jurisprudence, and professor of theology and history of Christianity as well as the chairman of Dansk Ungdomssamvirke, and their stance on democracy is compared to that of other debaters

Topics: demokrati, efterkrigstid, hal koch, alf ross, begrebshistorie
Year: 2015
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