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Liberalism and the problem of knowledge : a new rhetoric for modern democracy

Author: Charles Arthur Willard
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1996.
Series: New practices of inquiry.
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In this witty and provocative study of democracy and its critics, Charles Willard debunks liberalism, arguing that its exaggerated ideals of authenticity, unity, and community have deflected attention from the pervasive incompetence of "the rule of experts." He proposes a ground of communication that emphasizes common interests rather than narrow disputes. The problem of "unity" and the public sphere has driven a
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Arthur Willard
ISBN: 0226898458 9780226898452 0226898466 9780226898469
OCLC Number: 33967621
Description: x, 384 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Yankee Way to Knowledge --
pt. I. The Public and Its Problems: One More Time. 1. Authenticity and the Rhetoric of Trauma. 2. Romancing the Gesellschaft: Community and the Fallacy of Common Ground. 3. Commensuration and Unificationism. 4. Foucault's Trap. 5. Pluralism, the Public, and the Problem of Knowledge. 6. Democracy in America: A Thought Experiment --
pt. II. Discourse across Differences. 7. Epistemics. 8. The Uses of Argument Fields. 9. Fields as Organizations. 10. A Theory of Presumption. 11. Desperately Seeking Dewey. 12. Epilogue: A Rhetoric for Modern Democracy.
Series Title: New practices of inquiry.
Responsibility: Charles Arthur Willard.
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