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Talking Politics: Perils and Promise

Goodin, Robert

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In its recent 'deliberative' turn, democratic theory has forgotten a conventional wisdom, once widely appreciated, that there is much in politics that is better not discussed. In this article, the author catalogues what topics might be deemed 'politically undiscussable', and why, as a first step toward showing how and to what extent talking about such matters might help or hinder their resolution. One important way discussion helps is by information-pooling to establish the truth of the matter....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGoodin, Robert
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:46:55Z
dc.identifier.issn0304-4130
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/25987
dc.description.abstractIn its recent 'deliberative' turn, democratic theory has forgotten a conventional wisdom, once widely appreciated, that there is much in politics that is better not discussed. In this article, the author catalogues what topics might be deemed 'politically undiscussable', and why, as a first step toward showing how and to what extent talking about such matters might help or hinder their resolution. One important way discussion helps is by information-pooling to establish the truth of the matter. Even where that is not a viable aspiration, discussion might nonetheless serve a 'premise-revealing' function, showing one another that we are reasonable agents and thus helping to desensitize contentious issues.
dc.publisherKluwer Academic Publishers
dc.sourceEuropean Journal of Political Research
dc.titleTalking Politics: Perils and Promise
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume45
dc.date.issued2006
local.identifier.absfor160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
local.identifier.absfor220319 - Social Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8908663xPUB41
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGoodin, Robert, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage235
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage261
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1475-6765.2006.00297.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T11:47:56Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33645653319
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