What would John Dewey say about Deliberative Democracy and Democratic Experimentalism?
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In recent years philosophers, political theorists, as well as legal and communication scholars have proclaimed John Dewey as a predecessor, an influence, or a founding father of "Deliberative Democracy" (DD), and, more recently, of "Democratic Experimentalism" (DE). I argue, however, that there is room for questioning whether these recent trends in political theory capture the "thickness" and radical character of Dewey's view. I explore some important differences between Dewey's philosophy of democracy and some of the main tenets of DD and DE. The recent selective reconsiderations of Dewey's philosophy in political theory fail to bring into the present dialogue the more radical Dewey. It is a failure to use Dewey in the most productive way.
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