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Passions and EmotionsNOMOS LIII$
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James E. Fleming

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760147

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760147.001.0001

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Emotion and Deliberation

Emotion and Deliberation

The Autonomous Citizen in the Social World

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Passions and Emotions

Susan A. Bandes

NYU Press

This chapter assesses the relationship between emotion and democracy. Emotional theory poses a challenge to several of the central verities of democratic theory. Mainly, it challenges the dominant assumption that the passions play no beneficial role in the process of deliberative democracy. In challenging that assumption, emotion theory raises subsidiary questions about the valorization of autonomous thought and action, the low regard for rhetoric and persuasion, the dismissal of the role of intuition, and the focus on universalizable principles that inform much of political discourse. The valorization of autonomous thought and action needs to be revisited, not only because it enshrines a descriptively inaccurate goal but also because it enshrines one that is normatively questionable.

Keywords:   emotion, democracy, emotional theory, democratic theory, deliberative democracy, autonomous thought, autonomous action, political discourse

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