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Fabienne Peter (University of Warwick): On trusting your own political judgment

8 March, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Abstract: A standard view in political philosophy holds that citizens are entitled to trust their own political judgment and that they thus can’t be required to politically defer to others. The entitlement for political self-trust appears to be well-supported on political, moral, and epistemic grounds. Yet, contemporary political debate appears to be hampered by too much political self-trust. Excessive political self-trust is a problem because it blocks political learning and political progress. In my talk, I examine epistemic arguments in support of political self-trust and show that they license less political self-trust than is often assumed.

Fabienne Peter is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, specialising in moral and political philosophy and in social epistemology, including political epistemology.

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8 March
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
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