Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

The Art of Deliberating

Democracy, Deliberation and the Life Sciences between History and Theory

Authors: Boniolo, Giovanni

  • Offers a comprehensive introduction to deliberative democracy
  • Analyzes the role of common people in discussions on ethics from a historical and philosophical perspective
  • Describes best-practice approaches to good deliberation
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How many citizens take part in moral and political decisions concerning the results obtained by the contemporary life sciences? Should they blindly follow skilled demagogues or false and deceptive leaders? Should they adhere to the voice of the majority, or should they take a different decisional path? Deliberative democracy answers these questions, but what is deliberative democracy? Can we really deliberate if we are completely ignorant of the relevant issue? What about ethical or political expertise, is it strictly necessary? Finally, and most significantly, can a deliberative process take place if we ignore the techniques governing it; that is, the techniques required to be minimally skilled in rational argumentation?

Giovanni Boniolo goes back to the historical and theoretical foundations of deliberation showing us, with some irony, that deliberation is a matter of competence, and not just a matter of a right to decide.  His conclusion might not delight everyone: “anyone who is not sufficiently acquainted with the subject matter or lacks the sufficient deliberative competence ought not be admitted to deliberative discussions. This restriction makes both good deliberation and a proper deliberative democracy possible, otherwise debate degenerates into demagogy and hypocrisy”.

 

 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Deliberation and Democracy

    Boniolo, Giovanni

    Pages 1-44

  • Plato Was Not So Far Wrong: Recalling Athenian Democracy

    Boniolo, Giovanni

    Pages 45-87

  • A Reappraisal of the Medieval Approach Will Lead to Excellent Deliberators

    Boniolo, Giovanni

    Pages 89-121

  • Beware of Those Who Think They Possess the Truth!

    Boniolo, Giovanni

    Pages 123-146

  • Let Us Learn How to Deliberate before Deliberating!

    Boniolo, Giovanni

    Pages 147-178

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eBook $169.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Art of Deliberating
Book Subtitle
Democracy, Deliberation and the Life Sciences between History and Theory
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-31954-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-31954-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-31953-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42654-4
Series ISSN
2192-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 186
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