Liberalism and the Problem of Knowledge: A New Rhetoric for Modern Democracy
In this witty and provocative study of democracy and its critics, Charles Willard debunks liberalism, arguing that its exaggerated ideals of authenticity, unity, and community have deflected attention from the pervasive incompetence of "the rule of experts." He proposes a ground of communication that emphasizes common interests rather than narrow disputes.
The problem of "unity" and the public sphere has driven a wedge between libertarians and communitarians. To mediate this conflict, Willard advocates a shift from the discourse of liberalism to that of epistemics. As a means of organizing the ebb and flow of consensus, epistemics regards democracy as a family of knowledge problems—as ways of managing discourse across differences and protecting multiple views.
Building a bridge between warring peoples and warring paradigms, this book also reminds those who presume to instruct government that they are obliged to enlighten it, and that to do so requires an enlightened public discourse.
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Authenticity and the Rhetoric of Trauma
Romancing the Gesellschaft Community and the Fallacy of Common Ground
Commensuration and Unificationism
Pluralism the Public and the Problem of Knowledge
Democracy in America A Thought Experiment
The Uses of Argument Fields
Fields as Organizations
A Theory of Presumption
Desperately Seeking Dewey
Epilogue A Rhetoric for Modern Democracy
Discourse across Differences
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