Intersubjective reasoning and the formation of metaconsensus

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Group deliberation, according to deliberative theorists, is supposed to produce better outcomes, but there is relatively little specification on the nature of improvement beyond appeals to consensus and improved reasoning. This chapter identifies two inter-related concepts of metaconsensus and intersubjective rationality as outcomes that an authentic deliberative process ought to produce. Importantly, these deliberative ends are consistent with ideal deliberative procedure. They are also empirically tractable, where preference transformation can be described in terms of underlying values, and judgments. Methods for assessing deliberative ends are provided and demonstrated using the Bloomfield Track case study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnologies for Supporting Reasoning Communities and Collaborative Decision Making
Subtitle of host publicationCooperative Approaches
EditorsJohn Yearwood, Andrew Stranieri
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781609600938
ISBN (Print)9781609600914
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


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