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ERIC Number: EJ891322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Deliberative Democracy, Critical Rationality and Social Memory: Theoretical Resources of an "Education for Discourse"
Fitzpatrick, Tony
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v28 n4 p313-327 Jul 2009
This article interconnects three debates to show what this might imply for the "redemocratisation" of UK society and for pedagogical reform. One debate concerns deliberative types of democratic reform, arguing in favour of a "creative agnosticism" towards the two philosophical frameworks which dominate this literature. This leads into a discussion of education and critical rationality, arguing for an aptitude-based account of moral agency, one which relates to the sociocultural resources we inherit from the past. The final debate therefore concerns social memory. I do not offer a theory of social memory but critique various commentators in arguing for what I call a "multipolar analysis". This both describes the analytical method adopted in this article and the skills and capacities which a system based upon "education for discourse" would need to facilitate. The article therefore proposes that democracy, education and memory--deliberativeness, critical rationality and social remembering--be brought closer together for the mutual benefit of each debate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom