Although deliberative democracy continues to cement its status as one of the most discussed issues in contemporary normative political theory as well as today’s dominant innovation in the theory and practice of democracy, its very meaning remains contested. Based on a Habermasian-inspired deliberative account of democratic legitimacy, this paper makes the case for a new, cultural conceptualisation of deliberative systems: I argue that culture is not just an influence on deliberation, but it is first and foremost in a society’s political culture that deliberative democracy truly manifests itself, making cultural norms the very core and necessary driving force of so-called deliberative systems. As the manifestation in which democratisation is unsteered and bottom-up, only the realm of political culture has the potential to realise the emancipatory dimension of deliberative democracy that is central to its conception of legitimacy yet beyond the reach of purposive institutional design. Against the recent literature on deliberative systems, I draw on both political and anthropological conceptions of culture to develop an alternative systemic conceptualisation of deliberative democracy as a political culture.
Marit Hammond is Lecturer in Politics at Keele University. She is also a Co-Investigator at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), a five-year ESRC-funded research project across seven universities and several outside partners led by the University of Surrey. Specialising in both political theory and environmental politics, her research interests include deliberative democracy, culture and democracy, sustainability governance, and green political theory. Recent work has appeared in Contemporary Political Theory,Democratization, Policy Sciences, Representation and Constellations.
KEELE-OXFORD-ST ANDREWS KANTIAN (KOSAK) RESEARCH CENTRE &
THE FORUM FOR PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH, KEELE UNIVERSITYCONTRIBUTIONS TO PHILOSOPHY XIV
Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm, Room CBA0.060, Chancellor’s Building, Keele University ST5 5BG
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25 October 2016: Dr Marit Hammond, Keele University
15 November 2016: Professor Amie Thomasson, University of Miami
7 February 2017: Drs Giuseppina D’Oro, Alexis Papazoglou, Paul Giladi: Keele University, Royal Holloway and University of Sheffield
7 March 2017: Dr Stephen Makin, University of Sheffield
The 2016/17 Lecture Series is organised with the support of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) @ Keele, the Research Centre for SPIRE, the Keele Forum for Philosophical Research, and the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre.
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KEELE VIRTUAL PHILOSOPHY SEMINAR: Fourth SYMPOSIUM
The fourth seminar in the Keele virtual series will be on Sorin Baiasu’s paper: “Constitutivism and Transcendental Practical Philosophy: How to Pull the Rabbit out of the Hat”.
The paper can be downloaded (pdf) by clicking here.
Comments are welcome! You can either post short comments below or, for longer comments, send them to the author (s.baiasu [@] keele.ac.uk) and I can also post them on this blog.
Comments will be followed by responses (usually very prompt for short remarks in response to this blog post or after a little longer for more elaborate comments).
On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Rousseau in England, Stephen Leach makes available two texts: his own “Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Staffordshire” and “Rousseau in Wootton“, his co-translation together with Malcolm Crook from L.-J. Courtois’s Le Séjour de Jean-Jacques Rousseau en Angleterre (1910). Texts (including several pictures) can be downloaded from this blog’s webpage of the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre:
Invites you all to the final 2015/16 Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture
Kant on Misology and the Natural Dialectic
This talk discusses two passages from the first section of Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. In the first (4: 395-6) Kant talks of the danger of developing an attitude of ‘misology’ – a hatred of reason itself; secondly, Kant discusses the danger of moral corruption and analyses how it arises through what he calls a ’natural dialectic’ (4: 405). I show how both these passages have to be understood as talking directly to specific passages in Rousseau’s works (the First Discourse and Emile respectively). I argue that, despite the positive influence of Rousseau’s thought with regard to the methodological importance of ‘common moral cognition’, Kant must be understood as arguing against Rousseau here in trying to give an account of the relationship between philosophy, first-order moral attitudes and the popular conception of the role of reason in everyday life.
About the Speaker:
John Callanan is Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at King’s College London. His research focuses on Early Modern Philosophy, especially Kant. He has published on Kant’s theoretical and practical philosophy, including Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Reader’s Guide (Edinburgh University Press). He is currently working on Kant’s theory of concept-acquisition as well as preparing a book on Bernard Mandeville for Princeton University Press.