Receptive Publics

Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
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Abstract

It is widely accepted that public discourse as we know it is less than ideal from an epistemological point of view. In this paper, we develop an underappreciated aspect of the trouble with public discourse: what we call the Listening Problem. The listening problem is the problem that public discourse has in giving appropriate uptake and reception to ideas and concepts from oppressed groups. Drawing on the work of J├╝rgen Habermas and Nancy Fraser, we develop an institutional response to the listening problem: the establishment of what we call Receptive Publics, discursive spaces designed to improve listening skills and to give space for counterhegemonic ideas.

Author Profiles

Joshua Habgood-Coote
University of Leeds
Natalie Alana Ashton
University of Stirling

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