Democracy and Rationality: A Dialogue With Hilary Putnam

Linda Alcoff

in Women, Culture, and Development

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198289647
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596698 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Democracy and Rationality: A Dialogue With Hilary Putnam

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Alcoff, accepting Hilary Putnam's conclusion that rationality and democratic values are intrinsically connected, investigates the implications of his claim. Alcoff urges Putnam to devote more thought to the criticisms advanced against traditional conceptions of inquiry and to follow Foucault in recognizing the various ways in which power and desire may affect even the most apparently neutral and democratic procedure.

Keywords: desire; Michel Foucault; philosophical inquiry; power; Hilary Putnam

Chapter.  4535 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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