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Democracy And Truth (Paperback)

Is There A Conflict Between Political And Epistemic Virtues

P&S History > Humanities > Philosophy

Imprint: Mimesis International
Series: Philosophy
Pages: 262
ISBN: 9788869771255
Published: 31st October 2018
Casemate UK Academic



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The book explores the latest debates in the field of social epistemology, concerning epistemic justification of democracy. On the one hand, we find those who support a standard approach, assuming that democratic legitimacy must be grounded on the production of epistemically high-quality decisions (true, truth-sensitive, truth-conductive, correct, justified, rational, epistemically responsible and so on). On the other hand, there are those who don’t deem epistemic justification as either necessary or conducive to democratic legitimacy, and those who accept the necessity of the epistemic justification of democracy while rejecting its reduction to the production of true or justified decisions. Fundamentally, this range of positions is highly influenced by their respective stances regarding the status of experts within the democratic decision-making process. This book offers both a unique perspective on this debate and registers the challenge of a new discipline of applied, ‘real world’ epistemology.

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