Abstract

Abstract:

In this paper, I characterize the troubling emergence of "post-truth" politics, represented by the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. and similar developments in other national contexts, in terms of dual crises of epistemic and political legitimacy. I argue that the dichotomy between facts and values plays a key role in these crises, and that democratic deliberation represents a particularly promising opportunity to overcome this dichotomy and legitimate political discourse at a national scale. In order to make this case, I draw upon developments in the field of educational program evaluation and apply the insights gleaned to suggest possibilities for leveraging strategic public deliberation to ground and legitimate political discourse and discussion in the Trump era.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-9731
Print ISSN
1089-0017
Pages
pp. 274-289
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-25
Open Access
No
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