High Stakes Instrumentalism

@article{Halstead2017HighSI,
  title={High Stakes Instrumentalism},
  author={J. Halstead},
  journal={Ethical Theory and Moral Practice},
  year={2017},
  volume={20},
  pages={295-311}
}
  • J. Halstead
  • Published 1 April 2017
  • Sociology
  • Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
In this paper, I aim to establish that, according to almost all democratic theories, instrumentalist considerations often dominate intrinsic proceduralist considerations in our decisions about whether to make extensive use of undemocratic procedures. The reason for this is that almost all democratic theorists, including philosophers commonly thought to be intrinsic proceduralists, accept ‘High Stakes Instrumentalism’ (HSI). According to HSI, we ought to use undemocratic procedures in order to… Expand
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