Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy

The Biotechnology Debate

Democracy in the Face of Intractable Disagreement

Authors: Bovenkerk, Bernice

  • Bridges the gap between theory and practice, whereas previous books have focussed only on deliberative theory or the practice of public deliberation
  • Not only relevant for academic scholars, but also for members of NGO’s and government departments, that are involved in organizing public deliberations
  • Argues that that deliberative practices can deal better with the existence of intractable disagreement than liberal democratic practices
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About this book

This book grounds deliberative democratic theory in a more refined understanding of deliberative practice, in particular when dealing with intractable moral disagreement regarding novel technologies. While there is an ongoing, vibrant debate about the theoretical merits of deliberative democracy on the one hand, and more recently, empirical studies of specific deliberative exercises have been carried out, these two discussions fail to speak to one another.

Debates about animal and plant biotechnology are examined as a paradigmatic case for intractable disagreement in today’s pluralistic societies. This examination reveals that the disagreements in this debate are multi-faceted and multi-dimensional and can often be traced to fundamental disagreements about values or worldviews.

“One of the acute insights to emerge from this examination is that deliberation can serve different purposes vis-à-vis different types of problem.  In the case of deeply unstructured problems, like the modern biotechnology debate, the aim of inclusion is more appropriate than the aim of consensus. This book highlights the importance of political culture and broader institutional settings in shaping the capacity and propensity of citizens to engage in deliberation and the degree to which governments are prepared to relinquish authority to deliberative mini-publics."

Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne, Australia

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bovenkerk, Bernice

    Pages 1-15

  • Biotechnology: An Anatomy of the Debate

    Bovenkerk, Bernice

    Pages 19-61

  • Constraining or Enabling Dialogue?

    Bovenkerk, Bernice

    Pages 63-88

  • Deliberative Democracy and Its Limits

    Bovenkerk, Bernice

    Pages 91-147

  • Committees: The Politics of Containment

    Bovenkerk, Bernice

    Pages 151-188

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2690-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9215-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Biotechnology Debate
Book Subtitle
Democracy in the Face of Intractable Disagreement
Authors
Series Title
Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2691-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2691-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2690-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9215-9
Series ISSN
1387-6678
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 336
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