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Profile: Asaf Bar-Tura (Loyola University, Chicago)
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  1. Asaf Bar-Tura (2011). The Coffeehouse as a Public Sphere : Brewing Social Change. In Scott F. Parker & Michael W. Austin (eds.), Coffee - Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate. Wiley-Blackwell
     
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  2. David Ingram & Asaf Bar-Tura, The Public Sphere as Site of Emancipation and Enlightenment: A Discourse Theoretic Critique of Digital Communication.
    Habermas claims that an inclusive public sphere is the only deliberative forum for generating public opinion that satisfies the epistemic and normative conditions underlying legitimate decision-making. He adds that digital technologies and other mass media need not undermine – but can extend – rational deliberation when properly instituted. This paper draws from social epistemology and technology studies to demonstrate the epistemic and normative limitations of this extension. We argue that current online communication structures fall short of satisfying the required epistemic (...)
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