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The Politics of Rhetoric, Opinion, and Convention: David Hume's Challenge to Contemporary Democratic Theory by Marc Hanvlet
Event Type:Lecture
Location:Mather Hall Wean Terrace Room B
 
Thursday, February 20, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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David Hume’s philosophy of the mind committed him to assigning an important place to rhetoric in the public realm. This commitment significantly shaped Hume’s accounts of political life and political discourse. Though he was no great democrat, these aspects of Hume’s political philosophy raise important questions for contemporary theories of democracy. Most notably, they call into question the notions that political discourse should be aimed at generating a reasonable consensus on the terms of civil association or on norms of political behavior, and that such a consensus could be the normative standard of legitimacy in a democratic polity.
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