Critical Pragmatism and Deliberative Democracy

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Abstract:

In this article I argue for a model of Deweyan 'critical pragmatism' as a therapeutic alternative to traditional models of deliberative democracy that have been crippled by their inheritance of the threadbare liberal/communitarian debate. By orienting my discussion here with respect to the most serious radical democratic challenges to deliberative democracy, I hope to show how Deweyan critical pragmatism may help us develop new approaches to the theory and practice of deliberation that are both more attuned to power relations than traditional models and make more inventive use of everyday life to pursue more meaningful deliberative opportunities for citizens.

Keywords: ANTIFOUNDATIONALISM; CRITICAL PRAGMATISM; DELIBERATION; DEWEYAN PRAGMATISM

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/th.2008.5511704

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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