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  1. Adrian Blau (2011). Rationality and Deliberative Democracy: A Constructive Critique of John Dryzek's Democratic Theory. Contemporary Political Theory 10 (1):37.
    John Dryzek's justification of deliberative democracy rests on a critique of instrumental rationality and a defence of Habermas's idea of communicative rationality. I question each stage of Dryzek's theory. It defines instrumental rationality broadly but only criticises narrow applications of it. It conflates communicative rationality with Habermas's idea of ‘discourse’ – the real motor of Dryzek's democratic theory. Deliberative democracy can be better defended by avoiding overstated criticisms of instrumental rationality, by altering the emphasis on communicative rationality, and by focusing (...)
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  2. Adrian Blau (2011). Uncertainty and the History of Ideas. History and Theory 50 (3):358-372.
    ABSTRACTIntellectual historians often make empirical claims, but can never know for certain if these claims are right. Uncertainty is thus inevitable for intellectual historians. But accepting uncertainty is not enough: we should also act on it, by trying to reduce and report it. We can reduce uncertainty by amassing valid data from different sources to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations, rather than trying to “prove” an empirical claim by looking for evidence that fits it. Then we should (...)
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  3. Barrie Axford, Adrian Blau, Virginia Boon, Wallace Brown, Luis Cabrera, Tom Campbell, Karin Fierke, Simon Glaze, Peter Jones & Markus Kornprobst (2009). First Page Preview. Journal of Global Ethics 5 (1).
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  4. Adrian Blau (2009). Hobbes On Corruption. History of Political Thought 30 (4):596-616.
    Corruption is a more important idea for Hobbes than has been recognized: a state of nature can result from corruption of the people, corruption of counsellors and corruption of legal processes. Hobbes often uses a 'cognitive' conception of corruption — the distortion of mental processes, by faulty reasoning or improper attitudes. Corruption means that citizens think they benefit from sedition, counsellors advise with self-interested rhetoric rather than impartial logic, witnesses lie and judges settle cases by bribes or pity. Although corruption (...)
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  5. Adrian Blau (2008). Reflective Democracy. Journal of Moral Philosophy 5 (2):322-324.
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  6. Adrian Blau (2004). Against Positive and Negative Freedom. Political Theory 32 (4):547-553.