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Democracy and Moral Conflict Paperback – February 17, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0521183901 ISBN-10: 0521183901 Edition: Reissue

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"....In this book Talisse offers a timely and highly readable contribution to the debate surrounding moral pluralism in a democracy. Suitable for both academic audiences and the wider interested public, it carefully blends rigorous analysis of modern scholarship with an acute awareness of the state of today's political culture and discourse...."
--Roberto Sirvent, Hope International University, Philosophy in Review

"....Talisse's brief book is a minor masterpiece of concise argumentation in which he advances a genuinely novel defense of democracy.... powerful punch packed...."
--Terrence Ball, Arizona State University, Notre Dame Philosophical Review

"....This substantive yet compact book is highly engaging. It deserves sustained attention. It will be fascinating to see where the discussion of the important issues that Talisse addresses goes from here."
--Andrew F. Smith, Drexel University, Res Publica

"Robert Talisse's Democracy and Moral Conflict presents a remarkably ambitious philosophical proposal.... Democracy and Moral Conflict is a highly accessible work, written in a wonderfully lucid manner with lively examples drawn from contemporary American politics."
--Simon Căbulea May, Virginia Tech, Ethics

"....Robert Talisse's Democracy and Moral Conflict, however, is one of the few contributions that rolls up its sleeves and actually tries to do some epistemology. This creates an intriguing read for epistemologists and political philosophers alike."
--Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, University of Copenhagen, The Philosophical Quarterly

"....Robert B. Talisse's book, Democracy and Moral Conflict, remains one of the most important attempts to solve the problem of democratic legitimacy in the context of the pluralism that characterizes modern society. Unlike many other contemporary epistemic conceptions of democracy, which settle for more modest objectives, Talisse's theory addresses the difficult task of offering a detailed epistemological explanation of what is the epistemic foundation of democracy and how it is supposed to work."
--Viorel Ţuţui, Logos & Episteme

"....instructive and points to a promising alternative to shared moral views. While the examples focus heavily on US politics, the book is clearly written in a way accessible even to a non-academic audience, and deserves attention from all concerned by the problem of apparently irreconcilable moral conflict."
--Ben Saunders, Law and Philosophy, University of Stirling, MIND

Book Description

How should citizens react when confronted with a democratic result that they regard as intolerable? Should they revolt, or instead pursue democratic means of social change? In this book, Robert Talisse argues that each of us has reasons to uphold democracy that are rooted in our most fundamental epistemic commitments.

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Robert B. Talisse is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Vanderbilt University. He writes mainly about political philosophy, with special interest in democratic theory, liberalism, justice, and pluralism. Talisse also pursues interests in American pragmatism, social epistemology, and argumentation theory. Many of these interests are brought together in his 2009 book, *Democracy and Moral Conflict* (Cambridge University Press), where he argues that there are shared epistemic principles underlying even our most vehement moral disputes, and that these principles are robust enough to sustain democratic commitments despite deep moral conflicts.

Talisse has recently co-authored a book with Scott Aikin about public political argumentation titled *Why We Argue (And How We Should)*, which will be available in the fall of 2013. His *Engaging Political Philosophy* will be published later in 2014. Talisse is co-host of the podcast, *New Books in Philosophy*, and a monthly columnist for the blog *3 Quarks Daily*.

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