Mar 10, 2017 • Philosophy Colloquium: Robert Talisse


Fri, 03/10/2017 - 15:00 to 17:00


The Spring 2017 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Robert B. Talisse, Vanderbilt University. The title of Professor Talisse's talk is "'Against Deliberation' Revisited: New (Epistemic) Trouble For Deliberative Democracy?" (Abstract below.)

Friday, Mar 10, 3-5pm, Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224.


In a 1997 essay titled “Against Deliberation,” Lyn Sanders argued that, given prevailing social conditions, political reforms in the direction of the deliberative democratic ideal would likely be counterproductive. Drawing primarily on studies of jury behavior, she contended that the deliberativization of existing democracy would only exacerbate prevailing patterns of epistemological exclusion, disadvantage, and marginalization. In the twenty years since Sanders’ essays, contemporary democratic practice has become more thoroughly deliberativized. And, as Sanders predicted, deliberative practices have generated epistemological problems for democracy. Many of these problems have been addressed, with some success, in the current literature. After rehearsing the dialectic between deliberative democrats and those who press these epistemological problems, I raise new epistemological troubles that have not been discussed, and argue that the deliberativist may have no adequate response.

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