Journal of Political Philosophy vol:14 issue:4 pages:469-481
One of the central tenets of Jürgen Habermas’s model of deliberative democracy is the co-originality of the private and public autonomy of citizens in a political community. In this article I explicate all the normative and moral presuppositions necessary to provide credible support to this thesis. Thereby, I argue that Habermas’s deliberative model of democracy ‘mirrors’ the normative content of his discourse theory of ethics. I demonstrate, more specifically, that the moral core of discourse ethics is embodied in the co-originality of the individual and moral autonomy of the moral agent and that the co-originality of the private and public autonomy of the citizen should be understood as the political institutionalization of this moral core.