by Daniel A. Kaufman
I spoke with Robert Talisse of Vanderbilt University about his new book “Sustaining Democracy: What We Owe to the Other Side ” (Oxford UP, 2021).
2:00 The relationship between “Sustaining Democracy” and “Overdoing Democracy” 17:45 The democrat’s dilemma and the conflict between the two moral requirements of democratic citizenship. 32:45 Group/Belief Polarization. Partisan politics and conformism. 47:30 More in depth on group/belief polarization. 54:01 Robert’s recommendations on how best to address group/belief polarization: focus on its effects in-group, rather than across groups. 57:00 Robert: Healthy democratic citizenship requires more solitude. 1:09:00 Dan: Is this perhaps better viewed as a problem of catastrophic, system-wide immaturity? Is a clash of fundamental moral principles the best lens through which to frame the problem.