Interpreting the “other” in democracy : towards a deliberative ethic

Show simple item record Wolmarans, Frederik Gerhardus 2016-04-22T06:22:54Z 2016-04-22T06:22:54Z 2014
dc.description.abstract This article cautions against underestimating the complexity of the intersubjective interpretation involved in deliberation between citizens in a democracy. The subjective nature of interpretation potentially sabotages the possibility of truly hearing, or reading, others on their own terms, which, in turn, undermines the democratic ideal of basing decisions on the actual will of the interlocutors. Authentic deliberation can in fact only follow on from a ‘good reading’ of the other, based on the actual rather than the interpreted views of the various parties. I argue that literary theory’s long engagement with such interpretive complexity can be employed to illuminate an interpretive stance that would do justice to both deliberation and democracy. In particular, C.S. Lewis’s and Mikhail Bakhtin’s arguments point to a reading of the other that, while acknowledging our subjectivity, also envisions the possibility of engaging with the other on his or her own terms. en_ZA
dc.description.department Political Sciences en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Wolmarans G 2014, 'Interpreting the “other” in democracy : towards a deliberative ethic', Politeia, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 28-47. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0256-8845
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Unisa Press en_ZA
dc.rights © Unisa Press en_ZA
dc.subject Democracy en_ZA
dc.subject Deliberation en_ZA
dc.subject Interpretation en_ZA
dc.subject Literary theory en_ZA
dc.subject Bakhtin en_ZA
dc.subject C.S. Lewis en_ZA
dc.title Interpreting the “other” in democracy : towards a deliberative ethic en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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