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Political Epistemology$
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Elizabeth Edenberg and Michael Hannon

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780192893338

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780192893338.001.0001

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Problems of Polarization

Problems of Polarization

(p.209) 11 Problems of Polarization
Political Epistemology

Robert B. Talisse

Oxford University Press

Political commentators across the spectrum point to polarization as the cause of dysfunctions that recently have beset democratic societies. But the concept of polarization is rarely examined. This chapter presents several distinct kinds of polarization, starting by distinguishing political polarization from belief polarization, and offers a view of how their interaction gives rise to political problems ranging from legislative deadlock and partisan animosity to escalating extremism. Although the aim of the chapter is largely diagnostic, it concludes with an indication of how polarization might be managed.

Keywords:   Polarization, partisanship, sorting, extremism, animosity, political saturation, political epistemology

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