Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2014

Journal or Book Title

Trained Capacities: John Dewey, Rhetoric, and Democratic Practice

First Page

142

Last Page

158

Abstract

Lippmann and Dewey both confronted the problem of how to get the nation’s highly successful science to have impact in the public sphere. Dewey’s solution to the problem is well known: an underspecified form of communication which would transform the Great Society beyond the understanding of any individual into the Great Community where policies could be wisely chosen. Lippmann was more uncompromisingly pessimistic, doubting the ability of anyone–including himself–to master the range of knowledge necessary to make fully informed decisions. Nevertheless, there is a legitimate role for even uninformed publics to participate in civic deliberations: they act as adjudicators of debates in which the contending experts demonstrate their reasonability.

Comments

This is a book chapter from Trained Capacities: John Dewey, Rhetoric, and Democratic Practice (2014): 142. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

University of South Carolina Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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