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Among writers on a theory of deliberative democracy, and understanding of the "deliberative virtues" is a foremost concern. For Gutmann and Thompson, in *Democracy and Disagreement* for example, the virtues of "reciprocity" is a primary one for helping us distinguish non-deliberative from deliberative disagreements, and the issues they discuss under "principles of accommodation include "civic integrity" "civic magnanimity," etc.

Surprisingly, I find little discussion of the connections between work on deliberative democracy and virtue theory among self-described virtue ethicists and epistemologists. But lets talk about that. What are the best treatments of this, if you know some sources? In general, what improved support can virtue theory provide for contemporary, 'dialogically' oriented approaches in liberal political thought? And what further, specific virtues do you think deliberative reciprocity demands?
February 2, 2009 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell