Yosef Keladu Koten


Abstract: Differences in views in a plural community cannot be
avoided because each view or philosophy of life is formulated by
reasonable people. It is generally accepted that the plurality of
life views must be addressed in the spirit of democracy that relies
on the use of reason, where each person or group is given the
opportunity to convey their perspectives. But the fact shows that
the role of reason is getting weaker in deliberation, especially in
countries that implement a system of representative democracy.
Then, do we thus abandon democracy as an approach in addressing
differences of opinion? Using a qualitative approach, the author
argues that democracy remains the best choice in addressing
differences of views. However, based on Arendt’s concept of
politics as a speech, the ideal democratic approach should be
deliberative rather than liberal because deliberative democracy
aims to transform the perspective of each person or grouhlm.

Keywords: politics, pluralism, common sense, agonistic, liberal
democracy, deliberative democracy, political speech.

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