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Reasoning Is For Arguing: Understanding The Successes And Failures Of Deliberation, Hugo Mercier, Hélène Landemore Apr 2012

Reasoning Is For Arguing: Understanding The Successes And Failures Of Deliberation, Hugo Mercier, Hélène Landemore

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Theoreticians of deliberative democracy have sometimes found it hard to relate to the seemingly contradictory experimental results produced by psychologists and political scientists. We suggest that this problem may be alleviated by inserting a layer of psychological theory between the empirical results and the normative political theory. In particular, we expose the argumentative theory of reasoning that makes the observed pattern of findings more coherent. According to this theory, individual reasoning mechanisms work best when used to produce and evaluate arguments during a public deliberation. It predicts that when diverse opinions are discussed, group reasoning will outperform individual reasoning. It ...