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CPP Colloquium “A cultural theory of deliberation”

Thursday 8 December 2022
CPP Colloquia 2022-2023
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Prof. dr. John Parkinson

A cultural theory of deliberation

For a theory that puts talk at its core, deliberative democracy has remarkably little to say about the mechanisms of communication. Even work that addresses communication directly applies an implicit and long-discredited lay theory, or invokes a normative theory whose claims are often misrepresented. This paper seeks to demonstrate how serious these problems are by grounding deliberative norms and practices in a social, deductive theory of communication rather than a normative account. It first sets out the problematic lay theory, then an alternative derived primarily from the social linguistics of James Gee. It then shows how the idea of deliberation changes on such an account, before discussing its implications for a series of problems in deliberative theory. The problems include contextual cueing and the communicative pre-loading of deliberation; cross-cultural deliberation; the transformation/transmission dilemma; and the ideas of communicative ‘impact’ and power.

About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register. See CPP for more information.

All are welcome!

John Parkinson (Maastricht)

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