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Paperback | $26.00 Short | £17.95 | ISBN: 9780262522786 | 320 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 2000

Public Deliberation

Pluralism, Complexity, and Democracy


How can we create a vital and inclusive pluralistic democracy? In Public Deliberation, James Bohman offers answers to this question, showing how democratic theory and democratic practice can be remade to face new challenges. Arguing against the skepticism about democracy that flourishes today on both ends of the political spectrum, Bohman proposes a model of public deliberation that will allow expansions of democratic practice, even in the face of increasing pluralism, inequality, and social complexity.

Bohman develops a realistic model of deliberation by gradually introducing and analyzing the major tests facing deliberative democracy: cultural pluralism, social inequalities, social complexity, and community-wide biases and ideologies. The result is a new understanding of the ways in which public deliberation can be extended to meet the needs of modern societies.

About the Author

James Bohman is Danforth Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. He is the author, editor, or translator of many books.


". . . mandatory reading for anyone, undergraduate through faculty, wishing to be well grounded in the philosophy of democratic renewal."
A. B. Cochran, Choice