Justifying Democracy

In this Wireless Philosophy video, Geoff Pynn (Elgin Community College) examines some of the most common pro-democracy arguments, and identifies different types based on which aspects of democracy they point to as its justifying feature. These arguments explore how the degree and nature of democracy within a state is linked to its legitimacy. Is it related to individual and societal well-being, the quality of decision-making in its systems, and its influence on the character of its citizens?

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Elgin Community College

I work at Northern Illinois University. I teach on a wide range of topics. My research centers on epistemology. I’m also interested in creating connections between professional philosophers and ordinary people.

From 2011-2017, I was the the graduate adviser for NIU’s successful MA program in philosophy. I maintain a listing of funding at MA programs in the US and Canada.

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