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Deliberative Agonism and Agonistic Deliberation in Hannah Arendt

Giuseppe Ballacci

identity can only be actualized if we are able to act politically, which in turn entails the capacity to employ the two basic faculties on which deliberation rests: judgment and persuasion. For her, without the exercise of such relational capacities, not

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Civil Disobedience and Terrorism

Testing the Limits of Deliberative Democracy

Michael Allen

This article explores the boundaries of the commitment of deliberative democrats to communication and persuasion over threats and intimidation through examining the hard cases of civil disobedience and terrorism. The case of civil disobedience is challenging as deliberative democrats typically support this tactic under certain conditions, yet such a move threatens to blur the Habermasian distinction between instrumental and communicative action that informs many accounts of deliberative democracy. However, noting that civil disobedience is deemed acceptable to many deliberative democrats so long as it remains 'relevantly tied to the objective of communicative action', Allen holds that certain kinds of terrorism cannot be ruled out either. Whilst acknowledging that the deliberative democrat cannot really justify taking life as a tactic to induce deliberation, as 'dead people cannot deliberate', Allen notes that this does not rule out terrorism per se, the object of which is not death so much as generating overwhelming fear. Further, while a permanent condition of fear would set limits on deliberation, limited and temporary physical harm to persons need not. This implies that deliberative democrats must explain why intentionally causing some physical harm to property or persons is always an illegitimate form of communication.

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Architecture of the Mind and Place in Jane Austen's Persuasion

Rebecca Posusta

The ability to control where and how any given space will be occupied is a coveted but elusive privilege for the heroines of Jane Austen's novels. Though blessed with an admirable blend of independence of mind, spirit and moral fortitude, they are women for whom the privilege of space is often either an intangible desire or an oppressive reality. In Persuasion, Austen deliberately creates a problem with space. She purposefully contradicts what is expected in public and private behaviour by presenting a heroine who is at first constricted by her place; who begins to expand the number of spaces she is able to occupy; and then, finally, begins to defy her place. This article explores how this use of physical and psychological space in Persuasion evolves and how Austen involves her heroine in the discourse of social change through both narrative description and a new accessibility of psychological landscape.

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Reflective Ontology and Intuitive Credibility in Chinese Six Lines Prediction

William Matthews

gods and spirits via mechanical means such as dropping wooden blocks or via possession. It is thus worth considering both what the presence of an explicit ontology might do for divinatory persuasion and how it might vary depending on the precise content

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Plural gifting of singular importance

Mass‐gifts and sociality among precarious product promoters in eastern Germany

Gareth E. Hamilton

In this article I explore and investigate the concept of ‘mass‐gifts’ (Bird‐David and Darr), based on fieldwork in eastern Germany among product promoters in wholesale and retail environments. After introducing mass‐gifts, I show how they are employed by promoters for the intended purpose (persuading customers to purchase). However, mass‐gifts are also appropriated by these precarious workers to create social networks. In so doing, I argue that they simultaneously recreate the social aesthetic of work in the state socialist era, where factories were a nexus of sociality – in stark reality to the social and economic precariousness faced today by promoters.

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Economic persuasions edited by Gudeman, Stephen


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The End of Arrogance, the Advent of Persuasion

Public Art in a Multicultural Society

Henri Beunders

In Western societies, the boundaries of the freedom of expression had traditionally been expanding, while the boundaries of religion and 'good morals' had been receding. Since the last decade however, this expansion has slowed down, come to a halt, and ultimately reversed. In Europe, anxiety over the expression of protest through violent means has steadily caused governments to abandon the traditional, seemingly limitless adherence to freedom of expression. Political fear over controversy has come to dominate the climate of commissioning public art. In a polarized world, the debate on what is tolerable has taken on an acute urgency. The art world itself no longer has an answer. After a half-century of autonomy, it has succeeded in demolishing its own authority by ridiculing every aspect of external criticism. The only solution now will be a new form of dialogue with all stakeholders involved.

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Internal Reasons and the Problem of Climate Change

David Hall

reasoning about climate change in order to ground a model of truthful persuasion. To gloss this argument in advance, Williams argues that the only genuine reasons for people to act or to develop an intention to act are those that connect to people's existing

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Rationality and Consensus in Kwasi Wiredu’s Traditional African Polities

Bernard Matolino

’s argument that deliberative outcome is influenced by non-rational factors. Relying on Aristotle’s three components of persuasion – character (ethos), emotions/experience (pathos), and word/logic (logos) – he argues that all these factors play an important

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Transnational Politics in Video Games

The Case of German Military Intervention in “Spec Ops: The Line”

Justin Court

games, the medium has long offered a mirror to society alongside other cultural forms. It does so with the unique expressiveness born of visual and textual rhetoric combined with “procedural rhetoric,” that is, persuasion structured into computational