What are the aims of political theory? How should political theorists select their assumptions about real-existing societies? What kind of responsibilities towards the broader public do they have, especially for research on democracy? David Miller, Professor of Political Theory at Oxford University, shares his perspective on these and other questions in our second podcast. This interview took place at the University of Montreal on August 29, 2015. It is a contribution to our 2015-2016 events series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms.” Interview and jingle by Alice el-Wakil. Music “Sunday Lovers” by Monday Night Fever.