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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Butterfield , Mary Stewart
URN etd-07212016-155030
Title Deweyan Democracy and Reconciliation in Canada
Degree PhD
Department Philosophy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robert B. Talisse Committee Chair
Cheryl Misak Committee Member
José Medina Committee Member
Scott Aikin Committee Member
Keywords
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • inclusion
  • John Dewey
  • democracy
Date of Defense 2016-06-27
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Abstract
This dissertation examines the injustices perpetrated against Indigenous people in Canada within the explicit framework of democratic theory. I examine the ability of Deweyan democracy as a purported problem-solving mechanism to deal with this problem of widespread social injustice. Deweyan democracy is distinctively epistemic, and depends upon diversity and inclusion in order to function effectively as a social and political mechanism for problem-solving. I argue that the inclusion within Deweyan democracy is insufficiently theorized to provide justice-based solutions to social problems, is overly instrumental, and can actually create injustice. Finally, I suggest that while contemporary Deweyans have applied Deweyan democracy in ways that do not provide sufficient solutions for social and political problems, there may yet be resources in Deweyan democratic theory to be explored, specifically with regard to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people within a democratic society.
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