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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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Reliable Democratic Habits and Emotions

Reliable Democratic Habits and Emotions

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Passions and Emotions

Cheshire Calhoun

NYU Press

This chapter comments on George Marcus's essay in Chapter 5. In Marcus's view, autonomous thought ultimately depends on one's emotional capacity for anxiety, and autonomous action ultimately depends on one's emotional capacity for enthusiasm. What democracy needs then is not a citizenry that deliberates about every political choice. Democracy needs citizens who are neurologically designed to develop serviceable habits of political judgment and action—habits whose basis may not be articulable—and who are also neurologically designed to shift into conscious deliberation when reliance on habits seems risky. By adopting a dual-process model of human psychology, reason need not pit against emotion or partisanship against deliberation.

Keywords:   autonomous thought, autonomous action, democracy, political judgment, political action, human psychology

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