The potentials and pitfalls of democratic deliberation: interdisciplinary perspectives

Start date

Tuesday 18 May 2021, 10:00

End date

Tuesday 18 May 2021, 17:00

The OZSW study group in Philosophy of Economics and the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE) cordially invite you to the workshop “The Potentials and Pitfalls of Democratic Deliberation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” which will be held on May 18th, 10:00 – 17:00, 2021 (Tuesday). Details on the specific format (whether it will be held both offline at Erasmus University Rotterdam and online via Zoom or online only) will be shared on this page after the 15th of April.

As we are witnessing increasing political polarisation, the rise of authoritarian populism, and the perpetuation of post-truth politics, deliberation is frequently presented as not only an aspirational ideal but a potent antidote. Deliberation promises better decision making and consensus through public argument and reasoning. But when, and to what extent, is it plausible? And is it always desirable? This workshop brings together scholars across disciplinary boundaries working on the usefulness of deliberation. Perspectives from political science, social epistemology, mathematical economics, and political philosophy are introduced to shed light on the role of deliberation in a well-functioning society.


- 10:00-10:45: Hein Duijf (VU Amsterdam)

- 11:00-11:45: Karen Celis (VU Brussel) & Sarah Childs (Royal Holloway, University of London)

- 13:00-13:45: Ines Lindner (VU Amsterdam)

- 14:00-14:45: John Parkinson (Maastricht University)

- 15:30-17:00: Roundtable chaired by Erica Yu (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)


In case you want to participate, please contact Annalisa Costella at and indicate whether you plan to participate online or ‘offline’. The Zoom-link will be distributed to registered participants closer to the event.

We acknowledge generous funding by the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics.

This workshop is not to be confused with another, equally interesting one that takes place at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam on May 26th: Let’s Talk Models! First ENCODE Workshop”.