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Jan 29, 2016

Our Next Visiting Speaker February 5 - Dr. Robert Talisse

Dr. Robert Talisse, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair at Vanderbilt University, will be giving a talk in our department on February 5. His talk, titled “Epistemic Democracy for the Real World," will occur from 1:30-3:30 in McCain Hall, Room 175. His abstract is as follows:

"Current democratic theory is dominated by the idea that in order to produce legitimate collective decisions, democratic procedures must be accompanied by opportunities for public political deliberation. It is difficult to make sense of the idea of public deliberation without incorporating epistemic notions. Consequently, current democratic theories tend to be to some degree epistemic. But the very idea of epistemic democracy seems troubled, calling to mind the anti-democratic idea that the wise should rule. This paper explores the problem of locating the epistemic dimension of political legitimacy, proposing the view that our first-personal epistemic aims provide individuals distinctive and powerful reasons to embrace democracy."

We hope to see you there!

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