Is this what democracy looks like?

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 65 (1):1-14 (2022)
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ABSTRACT This essay is a critical study of Jason Brennan's Against Democracy. We make three main points. First, we argue that Brennan's proposal of a right to competent government only works if one considers the absence of government a viable proposition, something most of his opponents are not prepared to do. Second, we suggest that Brennan's account of competent decision-making is blind to forms of oligarchic power that work against the very ideals of justice and epistemic virtue that competence is meant to safeguard. Third, we muster empirical evidence to argue that, in the real world, democracy is not just about making decisions and selecting policies, in which case Brennan's argument misses its mark.



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Enzo Rossi
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Knowledge and Practical Interests.Jason Stanley - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
Against Democracy: New Preface.Jason Brennan - 2016 - Princeton University Press.
Against Democracy: New Preface.Jason Brennan - 2016 - Princeton University Press.

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