Against Empathy: Aesthetic-Affective Dimensions of Democratic Deliberation
Scudder, Mary, Government - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
White, Stephen, Department of Politics, University of Virginia
This dissertation explores the disposition required of citizens engaging in democratic discourse. Specifically, it explains the need for citizens to be dialogically open and receptive when deliberating with their fellow citizens. Challenging calls for empathy, the author argues that feelings of difference are a more democratic resource for addressing the problem of dialogical closure among citizens.
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
political theory, democratic theory, deliberation, deliberative democracy, affect and democracy, art and politics, empathy
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