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Estlund, David M., Prof. of Philosophy

Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework
Author: David M. Estlund, Professor of Philosophy
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Pub. Date: August 2009; Paperback
Subject: Philosophy; Political Philosophy

"Democracy is not naturally plausible. Why turn such important matters over to masses of people who have no expertise? Many theories of democracy answer by appealing to the intrinsic value of democratic procedure, leaving aside whether it makes good decisions. In Democratic Authority, David Estlund offers a groundbreaking alternative based on the idea that democratic authority and legitimacy must depend partly on democracy's tendency to make good decisions.

Estlund's theory--which he calls "epistemic proceduralism"--avoids epistocracy, or the rule of those who know. He argues that while some few people probably do know best, this can be used in political justification only if their expertise is acceptable from all reasonable points of view. If we seek the best epistemic arrangement in this respect, it will be recognizably democratic--with laws and policies actually authorized by the people subject to them."—publisher description

ISBN-13: 978-069114324-8

Item: 069114324

Price: $28.95

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