Can We Talk It Out?

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    Research on the normative ideal of democracy has taken a sharp epistemic and deliberative turn. Increasingly, normative theories of democracy defend deliberative democracy by appealing to the putative cognitive benefits of political deliberation. I argue that the most prominent epistemic defences of deliberative democracy are unwarranted. Relying on a body of empirical findings on the workings of implicit bias, I explain that they all rely on exaggerated claims about the epistemic virtues of political deliberation. However, I also argue that findings in cognitive and social psychology can aid in the development of a new and improved generation of epistemic arguments for deliberative democracy that can sidestep these issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2022


    • Epistemic Democracy
    • Deliberative Democracy
    • Political Deliberation
    • Implicit Bias
    • Stereotypes


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