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Why Not Epistocracy

Why Not Epistocracy

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Suppose that there are true answers to questions about which political decisions ought to be made where the truth of these answers is not determined by the outcome of a democratic procedure. In such a case, it may seem as if democracy is justified, only if democracy is the best way to ensure
that political decisions reflect these truths. Since democracy implies that people influence which political decisions are made regardless of whether they have knowledge of the relevant domain of truths, it is difficult to justify democracy over the rule of those who have knowledge of the relevant
truths, the epistocrats. Estlund presents the epistocratic argument.
Suppose that there are true answers to questions about which political decisions ought to be made where the truth of these answers is not determined by the outcome of a democratic procedure. In such a case, it may seem as if democracy is justified, only if democracy is the best way to ensure
that political decisions reflect these truths. Since democracy implies that people influence which political decisions are made regardless of whether they have knowledge of the relevant domain of truths, it is difficult to justify democracy over the rule of those who have knowledge of the relevant
truths, the epistocrats. Estlund presents the epistocratic argument.

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