Socratic Citizenship

For contemporary democrats, Socrates is a paradox: he is both the paragon of intellectual integrity and the archenemy of democracy. In this essay, the author attempts to navigate this paradox. By offering a revised account of the Socratic elenchus and an examination of Socrates’ objections to democracy, the author proposes a view according to which Socrates provides a compelling image of democracy citizenship. This image is then used to criticize and inform current versions of deliberative democracy
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DOI 10.5840/pcw200613219
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Robert B. Talisse (2009). Responses to My Critics. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (1):pp. 90-108.

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