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Democracy and Imperialism Discussion Forum 2013-4

Democracy and Imperialism Discussion Forum 2013-4 Student Reading & Lecture Presentation preparation

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  1. Hey guys, For my presentation, I'm looking at the different ways to interpret ancient sources, and using Aeschylus' 'tragedy'/The Persians// /´╗┐as my example. Here's my powerpoint for the lecture.

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  2. My presentation is titled 'Democratic Theory and Competent Electorates.' In /The Republic/ Plato famously argued against democracy because it implies that legitimate government is grounded in the consent of its citizens, not on fitness to rule. Instead, he proposed that the ideal state would be ruled by 'philosopher kings' who are experts in truth and wisdom. This presentation explores modern extensions of this argument. I consider the substantial empirical evidence for voter ignorance (Somin 1998) and a recent philosophical justification for the 'right to a competent electorate' (Brennan 2011). I then mention an objection to forever restricting the franchise to competent voters and end by posing some reflective discussion questions.

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  3. In this post <> Matthew Leung wrote: > My presentation is titled 'Democratic Theory and Competent Electorates.' > > > > In /The Republic/ Plato famously argued against democracy because it > implies that legitimate government is grounded in the consent of its > citizens, not on fitness to rule. Instead, he proposed that the ideal state > would be ruled by 'philosopher kings' who are experts in truth and wisdom. > This presentation explores modern extensions of this argument. I consider > the substantial empirical evidence for voter ignorance (Somin 1998) and a > recent philosophical justification for the 'right to a competent electorate' > (Brennan 2011). I then mention an objection to forever restricting the > franchise to competent voters and end by posing some reflective discussion > questions. > > Sorry, corrected pptx is here.

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