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The Rhetorical Surface of Democracy : How Deliberative Ideals Undermine Democratic Politics.

Author: Scott Welsh
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, 2012.
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The Rhetorical Surface of Democracy: How Deliberative Ideals Undermine Democratic Politics, by Scott Welsh, disputes the idea that democracy has anything to do with public deliberation in pursuit of collective judgment. Welsh argues, rather, that the impossibility of any kind of public judgment is the fact that democracy must face. Given the impossibility of public judgment, rhetorical competitions for political  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Welsh, Scott.
Rhetorical Surface of Democracy : How Deliberative Ideals Undermine Democratic Politics.
Lanham : Lexington Books, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Welsh
ISBN: 9780739150641 0739150642 1299742610 9781299742611
OCLC Number: 853364705
Description: 1 online resource (195 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Cure for What Ails You; 1 Taking Politics Out of Rhetoric; 2 Coming to Terms with Rhetoric; 3 Democratic Ends; 4 Truth against Judgment; 5 Between Rhetorical Reflection and Political Agency; Conclusion: Democracy at the Edge of the Abyss; Bibliography; Index; About the Author.

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The Rhetorical Surface of Democracy: How Deliberative Ideals Undermine Democratic Politics, by Scott Welsh, disputes the idea that democracy has anything to do with public deliberation in pursuit of collective judgment. Welsh argues, rather, that the impossibility of any kind of public judgment is the fact that democracy must face. Given the impossibility of public judgment, rhetorical competitions for political power are not merely poor substitutes for an allegedly more authentic democratic practice but constitute the essence of demo.

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