Deliberative Democracy, Diversity, and Restraint

Res Publica 26 (2):215-235 (2020)
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Abstract

Public reason liberals disagree about the relationship between public justification and deliberative democracy. My goal is to argue against the recent suggestion that public reason liberals seek a ‘divorce’ from deliberative democracy. Defending this thesis will involve discussing the benefits of deliberation for public justification as well as revisiting public reason’s standard Rawlisan restraint requirement. I criticize Kevin Vallier’s alternative convergence-based principle of restraint and respond to the worry that the standard Rawlsian restraint requirement reduces the likelihood of public justification by limiting the diversity of inputs into the justificatory process.

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James Boettcher
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Public justification.Kevin Vallier - forthcoming - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Public justification.Fred D'Agostino - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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A Theory of Justice: Revised Edition.John Rawls - 1999 - Harvard University Press.
Liberalism Without Perfection.Jonathan Quong - 2010 - Oxford University Press.
Against Democracy: New Preface.Jason Brennan - 2016 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
The Tyranny of the Ideal: Justice in a Diverse Society.Gerald F. Gaus - 2016 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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