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Pragmatist Epistemic Democracy: Evading Epistemological Skepticism

C CHIN, A Lever

ECPR Press | Published : 2016

Abstract

This paper begins from the question of whether there is a specifically normative justification of democracy that can rebut the claims of epistemological skeptics and proponents of what is often called “epistocracy”. To do this, it engages Peircean democratic theory (PD), a recent contribution to this literature. PD draws attention to the significance of Peircean (pragmatist) epistemology for democratic political philosophy and, in particular, to the possibility that democratic commitments to freedom of expression, association and political choice might give us epistemic reasons to support democracy even when we are unsure about the morality of the policies or quality of the decisions which i..

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