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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author DeSante, Christopher David
Author's Email Address christopher.d.desante@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-04012007-230335
Title Who's Afraid of Reason?
Degree Master of Arts
Department Social and Political Thought
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
W. James Booth Committee Chair
  • deliberative democracy
  • reason
  • discourse
  • progress
Date of Defense 2007-03-28
Availability unrestricted
This thesis examines the role of Reason-guided reason-giving in the deliberative democratic arena as a response to the theories of Iris Young, Chantal Mouffe and Lynn Sanders. I will aim to do two things. First, I will trace some path of logic-centered political philosophy and understand the role of reason as both subject and object in this genealogy. Secondly, and in the final sections I shall move to articulate the role of Reason, explicitly, in democratic philosophy. The theory that I will put forth is that the privileging of Reason, or of Reason-guided reason-giving, should be the ultimate standard for deliberative democratic discourse.
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