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By Ronald Tinnevelt, Raf Geenens

On the political point many appear to agree that democracy doesn’t want foundations, nor are its electorate anticipated to debate the price or fact in their entire conceptions of the great existence. And but we nonetheless name upon ‘truth’ after we perform defining the elemental constitution of our society and argue why our critiques, ideals and personal tastes have to be taken heavily. we don't imagine that our perspectives must be taken into consideration through others simply because they're our views, yet simply because we predict they're true. If in a democratic society voters need to care for the problem of declaring their claims as precise, the appropriate courting among fact and democracy has to be analyzed. Does fact topic to democracy and if this is the case, what's the position of fact in democratic politics? How can voters verify the reality in their claims and settle for - even as - that their fact is only one among many? In Does fact topic? leading teachers within the fields of philosophy, sociology and political technological know-how specialize in the position the general public sphere performs in answering those urgent questions. they fight to offer a finished solution to those questions from the viewpoint of the most methods of latest democratic idea: deliberative democracy, political pragmatism and liberalism.

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London: Routledge. Misak, C. (2004). Truth and the End of Inquiry: A Peircean Account of Truth (Second, expanded edition). Oxford: Clarendon Press. Price, H. (2003). Truth as Convenient Friction. Journal of Philosophy, 100, 167–190. Putnam, H. (1981). Reason, Truth and History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Rawls, J. (1993). Political Liberalism. New York: Columbia University Press. Rawls, J. (1997). The Idea of Public Reason Revisited. The University of Chicago Law Review, 64(3), 765–807.

It provides us, rather, with a method for coming to a justified, but fallible, belief about some issue that is pressing in upon us. That method is to expose our beliefs to the rigours of reasons, arguments, and evidence. For if a true belief is one that would 3 See Misak (2000) for a sustained argument. 3 Truth and Democracy: Pragmatism and the Deliberative Virtues 33 stand up to inquiry, then we should put our beliefs through the tests of inquiry in order to make them the best they can be. If a true belief is one which would withstand criticism and accommodate all the evidence, then in order to tell whether we have a justified belief, we must throw criticism and evidence at it here and now.

Rather, I want to ask, what if that were so? Would it be a devastating objection to epistemic proceduralism? It would not. If utopianism is the defense of political standards that are very unlikely ever to be met, it is hard to see why it would be a vice, or why political theorists should be so in the grip of what we might call utopophobia – the fear of normative standards for politics that are unlikely ever to be met. ’ That’s no objection to a moral theory of politics. They would need to show that not only will it never happen, it is not something people could do (or, at least, not without more effort or sacrifice than it’s appropriate to require).

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