Democracy and practices of ignorance

Authored by: Lev Marder

Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415718967
eBook ISBN: 9781315867762
Adobe ISBN: 9781317964674

10.4324/9781315867762.ch30

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Abstract

The near consensus among political theorists is that a healthy democracy in no small part depends on the participation of citizens with necessary knowledge. However, attaching knowledge requirements to democracy that by nature presupposes equality is paradoxical. In fact, if participation in political decision-making is based on required knowledge, applying the term epistemocracy instead of democracy is more fitting. 1

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