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PARMENIDES: Facilitating Deliberation in Democracies
 

Summary: PARMENIDES: Facilitating Deliberation
in Democracies
KATIE ATKINSON, TREVOR BENCH-CAPON and PETER
MCBURNEY
Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, Chadwick Building, Peach Street,
Liverpool, L69 7ZF, United Kingdom
(E-mail: katie@csc.liv.ac.uk)
Abstract. Governments and other groups interested in the views of citizens require the means to
present justifications of proposed actions, and the means to solicit public opinion concerning
these justifications. Although Internet technologies provide the means for such dialogues, system
designers usually face a choice between allowing unstructured dialogues, through, for example,
bulletin boards, or requiring citizens to acquire a knowledge of some argumentation schema or
theory, as in, for example, ZENO. Both of these options present usability problems. In this
paper, we describe an implemented system called PARMENIDES which allows structured
argument over a proposed course of action, without requiring knowledge of the underlying
argumentation theory.
Key words: deliberative democracy, argumentation, practical reasoning
1. Introduction
What precisely do we mean by ``democracy''? Political philosophers have
attempted to answer this question by articulating normative models of

  

Source: Atkinson, Katie - Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences