Philosophers Café plans after-the-fact Election Day (and democracy) analysis
This month’s Philosophers Café comes the day after Tuesday’s election and asks whether voting is an unquestionable democratic good. UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Alison Staudinger of Political Science and Democracy and Justice Studies promises to channel Aristotle, who once described democracy like a potluck where everyone brings their favorite dish. Wouldn’t we rather our meal were prepared by an Iron or Michelin Star Chef? Does voting contribute to the goodness of democracy, and if so, what should it look like? Is representation sufficient? Should deliberation or civil discourse be prerequisites? What if any value should a narrow consensus hold? Staudinger will help participants work through these and other questions while interjecting applications not just to the recent Senate or gubernatorial elections, but to last year’s debate over the Walmart project in downtown Green Bay, as well. This month’s Café takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 5) at St. Brendan’s Inn, 234 S. Washington St., in the Waterford Room or by the fireplace.