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Individual decision making can often be wrong due to misinformation, impulses, or biases. Collective decision making, on the other hand, can be surprisingly accurate. In Democratic Reason, H�l�ne Landemore demonstrates that the very factors behind the superiority of collective decision making add up to a strong case for democracy. She shows that the processes and procedure ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 30th 2012 by Princeton University Press (first published December 23rd 2012)
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Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book follows the recent trend in democratic theory termed "epistemic democracy" in a novel way. Rather than rely on liberal philosophy or an analogy with science, it begins with results in mathematics, decision theory, psychology and cognitive science. It also mentions an evolutionary basis for the superiority of group decision making.

Landemore traces different nuances of epistemic arguments for democracy from Aristotle to Mill to Dewey to Hayek, then sets out on her own path resting on the
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Hélène Landemore's Democratic Reason is an important book in a time when democratic cynicism and illiberal attitudes are waxing. Largely avoiding fundamental questions of democratic legitimacy, she focuses on the epistemic dimensions of democracy, arguing that any reasonable case for democracy must rest at least in part on its epistemic credentials. That is, it's ability to get certain questions and problems right.

Landemore draws heavily on the work of Lu Hong and Scott Page, who show that diver
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Apr 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
On the one hand she keeps talking about "procedure independent truth". On the other, she says her account tries to understand non-ideal conditions in which people form their opinions mixed with emotions. When truth is "procedure independent", how do we know that it is truth when we arrive at it? If we are able to recognize it when we arrive at it, why the hell are we searching for it? If people like Landemore are the ones who are able to say, "now you arrived at truth", how different is this acc ...more
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