Pluralism, Complexity and Democracy
By (author) James Bohman
Public Deliberation by James Bohman
Book DescriptionHow can we create a vital and inclusive pluralistic democracy? Public Deliberation offers answers to this question by showing how democratic theory and democratic practice can be remade to face new challenges. Arguing against the skepticism about democracy that flourishes today on both ends of the political spectrum, James Bohman proposes a new model of public deliberation that will allow a renewed expansion of democratic practice, even in the face of increasing pluralism, inequality, and social complexity.Bohman builds on early Critical Theory and on the recent work of Jurgen Habermas and John Rawls (while taking into consideration criticisms of their work) to create a picture of a richer democratic practice based on the public reasoning of citizens. Starting with a pragmatic account of how deliberation actually works to promote agreements and cooperation, he develops a realistic model of deliberation by gradually introducing and analyzing the major tests facing deliberative democracy: cultural pluralism, social inequalities, social complexity, and community-wide biases and ideologies. The result is a new understanding of the ways in which public deliberation can be extended to meet the needs of modern societies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262522786
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James Bohman
Democracy Across Borders, Paperback (February 2010)
An innovative conception of democracy for an era of globalization and delegation of authority beyond the nation-state: rule by peoples across borders rather than by "the people" within a fixed jurisdiction.
Pluralism and the Pragmatic Turn, Paperback (October 2001)
Current critical theory essays in the Frankfurt School tradition.
Deliberative Democracy, Paperback (January 1998)
The contributions in this anthology address tensions that arise between reason and politics in a democracy inspired by the ideal of achieving reasoned agreement among free and equal citizens.
Perpetual Peace, Paperback (August 1997)» View all books by James Bohman
The authors argue for the continued theoretical and practical relevance of the cosmopolitan ideals of Kant's essay "Toward Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch."
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Author Biography - James Bohman
James Bohman is Danforth Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. He is the author, editor, or translator of many books.
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