Deliberative Democracy and Non-Deliberative Methods

When:10 Apr 2018, 12:30pm - 2pm
Venue:Chancellery Building, Committee Room 3
Who:Dr. Ben Cross (Wuhan University)

Abstract: It is generally thought that deliberative democracy can permit the use of a variety of non-deliberative methods in certain select circumstances. I first identify two sorts of principles which many deliberative democrats believe should determine how these principles are used: the goal principle, which states that non-deliberative means should only be used in ways that further the realisation of deliberative democratic goals; and the means principle, which states that they should also be used in ways that reflect underlying deliberative democratic values. I then argue that both the goal principle and the means principle either face irrelevance, or obstruct activists’ efforts to counter injustice in ways that deliberative democrats themselves must find unacceptable. If this is correct, then deliberative democracy has little or nothing of importance to say about the use of non-deliberative methods.

About the speaker: Ben Cross is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Wuhan University in China. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2014. His main research interests include political realism, political conduct, and theories of legitimacy. His most recent publications have appeared in The European Journal of Philosophy, Ratio, and Constellations.

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