Review of Yves R. Simon: Philosophy of Democratic Government

Review of Philosophy of Democratic Government, by Yves R. Simon, New Scholasticism, Vol. 26, No. 3 (July 1952).  Reprinted in What Is Political Philosophy?


Simon’s philosophy of democratic government is chiefly, not to say exclusively, concerned with modern democracy, i.e., with a kind of democracy which operates within industrial mass society, and which is characterized by the party system.  he combines awareness of the dangers inherent in modern democracy–dangers to both democracy itself and to human perfection–with a firm refusal to succumb to the frequently facile despair of “literary men.”  he tries to show that there is cause for hope.  He states the issues with which he deals with uncommon precision and with perfect candor, and he is never for a moment forgetful of the obligations of charity.