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June 16, 2010


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Patrick S. O'Donnell

For my part, I referenced citations in a presumptive manner, so it's defeasible with regard to any possible correlation or causation in relation to meaningful intellectual engagement (i.e., dependent upon further argument and evidence).

Patrick S. O'Donnell

Incidentally, and if you're not already familiar with it, Robert E. Goodin's conception of deliberative democracy "from within" (i.e., as an internal mental process) revolves around the role that "good" literature (presumably fiction and non-fiction) can play in making our "preferences" more rational and reflective, as well as more responsive to such emotions as empathy, compassion, sympathy and the like. See his book, Reflective Democracy (2003). Reading groups of a kind could certainly play a role in this regard.



I'll admit to never having read any Wolin. While I won't be able to make it to NC for beers and discussion, what piece by Wolin would you recommend to someone who was interested?

John Inazu


The best thing to read is the expanded edition of Politics and Vision. For shorter introductions, I’d recommend his essays “Political Theory as a Vocation” (APSR, 1969) and “Fugitive Democracy” (Constellations, 1994). Let me know what you think!

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