Empathy and Democracy: Feeling, Thinking, and Deliberation

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Penn State Press, 2010 - Philosophy - 221 pages
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Democracy harbors within it fundamental tensions between the ideal of giving everyone equal consideration and the reality of having to make legitimate, binding collective decisions. Democracies have granted political rights to more groups of people, but formal rights have not always guaranteed equal consideration or democratic legitimacy.

It is Michael Morrell's argument in this book that empathy plays a crucial role in enabling democratic deliberation to function the way it should. Drawing on empirical studies of empathy, including his own, Morrell offers a "process model of empathy" that incorporates both affect and cognition. He shows how this model can help democratic theorists who emphasize the importance of deliberation answer their critics.

  

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Writing within the political tradition of contemporary liberalism, but offering insights of enduring importance on the value of empathy to democratic thought, Morrell (Univ. of Connecticut) attempts ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Democratic Promise
1
2 The Deliberative Turn in Democrative Theory
18
3 The Elusive Concept of Empathy
39
4 Empathy in Deliberative Theory
67
5 Empathys Importance The Empirical Evidence
101
6 Deliberative Democracy and its Critics
129
7 Empathy and Democracy
158
References
197
Index
211
Back Cover
223
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Michael E. Morrell is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut.

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