Challenges to aggregative models of democracy have been a central topic of democratic theory during the past two decades. The concept of deliberative democracy has become the main alternative concept but other models for participatory democracy have also gained ground, such as ideas connected to citizenship, civic virtue etc. In recent years authors such as David Estlund, have developed and argued for the notion of epistemic democracy. Epistemic democrats argue that certain democratic decisions should ideally be more likely to be correct than decisions made by political representives or small groups of specialists. In this seminar experiments designed to explore ideal conditions of democratic decision-making will be discussed and whether “crowdsourcing” reflects a coherent approach to decision-making.

Semester: Summer 2013, taught daily from 11-14 June, 13.15-14.40

Requirements: Open to exchange students. Students are expected to have completed at least 60 ECTS credits before enrolling. Ethics and Political Philosophy should be among completed courses.

Learning outcomes: Students will:

  • Study and learn to appreciate theories of democracy
  • Understand the basic premisses of democratic decision-making
  • Learn to appreciate and apply democratic means of problem-solving

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