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Philosophy seminar : Tuesday, March 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Deliberation Through Misrepresentation

Alexander Prescott-Couch

Much political speech takes the form of protest movement slogans, tweets, artistic expression, or hazy and underdeveloped arguments. Such “inchoate speech” poses a challenge for deliberative conceptions of democracy. Because such speech does not take the form of clear argument, it is not easily amenable to uptake in deliberation. However, ignoring this kind of speech, which is often employed by non-elites, would violate norms of deliberative democratic inclusiveness. This paper concerns how a deliberative system can facilitate rational uptake of political views expressed in inchoate speech by having intermediary institutions “reconstruct” such speech. I consider how engaging with such reconstructions can be a way of including inchoate speakers in public deliberation even when the claims in the reconstructions differ from the claims made by the inchoate speakers. Answering this question is, I argue, crucial for understanding how a deliberative system can be inclusive while maintaining high quality deliberation and a privileged role for argument.

Date/Time28/03/2017 10:00-12:00
VenueRoom 1027, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

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