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Does Truth Matter?

Democracy and Public Space

Editors: Tinnevelt, Ronald, Geenens, Raf (Eds.)

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  • Comprehensive overview of the debate on democracy, power and globalisation
  • Presents different aspects as a coherent whole, instead of as discrete issues
  • Integrates thinking about the principles of democracy with concrete political issues
  • Brings together key authors in the debate
  • Brings together the main approaches of contemporary democratic theory
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On the political level many seem to agree that democracy doesn’t need foundations, nor are its citizens expected to discuss the worth or truth of their comprehensive conceptions of the good life. And yet we still call upon ‘truth’ when we participate in defining the basic structure of our society and argue why our opinions, beliefs and preferences need to be taken seriously. We do not think that our views need to be taken into account by others because they are our views, but because we think they are true. If in a democratic society citizens have to deal with the challenge of affirming their claims as true, the precise relationship between truth and democracy needs to be analyzed. Does truth matter to democracy and if so, what is the place of truth in democratic politics? How can citizens affirm the truth of their claims and accept - at the same time - that their truth is just one amongst many? In Does Truth Matter? leading academics in the fields of philosophy, sociology and political science focus on the role the public sphere plays in answering these pressing questions. They try to give a comprehensive answer to these questions from the perspective of the main approaches of contemporary democratic theory: deliberative democracy, political pragmatism and liberalism.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Does Truth Matter?
Book Subtitle
Democracy and Public Space
Editors
  • Ronald Tinnevelt
  • Raf Geenens
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8849-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8849-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8848-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8004-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 194
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