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    Alessandro Ferrara (1998). Reflective Authenticity: Rethinking the Project of Modernity. Routledge.
    As people look for a way to ground their judgments of moral, political, aesthetic claims in the face of the postmodernists who claim nothing can be grounded, Reflective Authenticity attempts to rescue some of the critical ideals of the Enlightenment without falling prey to those who say that the Enlightenment's tenets of objectivity, reason, liberalism makes this impossible and in the face of multiculturalism, difference, and the death of subject, are outdated. Alessandro Ferrara suggests that the notion of reflective authenticity (...)
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    David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara (2016). Between Transparency and Surveillance: Politics of the Secret. Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):456-464.
    The recent wave of whistleblowers and cyber-dissidents, from Julian Assange to Edward Snowden, has declared war against surveillance. In this context, transparency is presented as an attainable political goal that can be delivered in flesh and bones by spectacular and quasi-messianic moments of disclosure. The thesis of this article is that, despite its progressive promise, the project of releasing classified documents is in line with the Orwellian cold war trope of Big Brother rather than with the complex geography of surveillance (...)
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    David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara (2016). Republican Conception of Liberty in Early Republican Turkey and its Contemporary Implications. Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):429-439.
    Established in 1923, Turkey has been a republic without a dominant republican conception of liberty. A chance to install such a conception was missed in the early republican period and never recaptured. The republic was unable to get rid of vestiges of the authoritarian tradition of the past. Centuries-old authoritarian tradition persisted well into the recent and the contemporary periods. Presenting ample evidence, the article underlines the weight of history and the legacy of authoritarian mentality that promoted the use of (...)
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2008). The Force of the Example: Explorations in the Paradigm of Judgment. Columbia University Press.
    Whereas exemplarity has long been thought to belong to the domain of aesthetics, this book explores the other uses to which it can be put in our philosophical predicament, especially in the field of politics.
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  5. Alessandro Ferrara (2010). Mediating or Merely Juxtaposing Ritual and Sincerity? Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (1):41-44.
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    David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara (2016). Digital Spaces, Public Places and Communicative Power: In Defense of Deliberative Democracy. Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):476-486.
    The deliberative model of politics has recently been criticized for not being very well equipped to conceptualize current developments such as the misinterpretation of political difference, the digital turn, and public protests. A first critique is that this model assumes a conception of public spheres that is too idealistic. A second objection is that it misconceives the relationship between empirical reality and normativity. Third, it is assumed that deliberative democracy offers an antiquated notion of a shared ‘we’ of political actors (...)
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    David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara (2016). The Republican Ideal of Freedom as Non-Domination and the Rojava Experiment: ‘States as They Are’ or a New Socio-Political Imagination? Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):419-428.
    This article problematizes the republican reliance on contemporary ‘states as they are’ as protectors and guarantors of the republican notion of freedom as non-domination. While the principle of freedom as non-domination constitutes an advance over the liberal principle of freedom as non-interference, its reliance on the national, territorial, legal-technical and extra-economic contemporary state prevents the theoretical uncovering of its full potential. The article argues that to make the most of the principle of freedom as non-domination, a strong Athenian element is (...)
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  8. Alessandro Ferrara (1987). A Critique of Habermas's Consensus Theory of Truth. Philosophy and Social Criticism 13 (1):39-67.
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  9. Alessandro Ferrara (1990). The Unbearable Seriousness of Irony. Philosophy and Social Criticism 16 (2):81-107.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2003). Two Notions of Humanity and the Judgment Argument for Human Rights. Political Theory 31 (3):392-420.
    This essay is about the difficulties connected with grounding human rights philosophically in a multicultural context. These difficulties are argued to derive from the tension between our aspiration to universal validity and our shared belief in the constitutive role of life-forms, traditions, cultures, and vocabularies vis-à-vis our conceptions of justice. Rawls's and Habermas's approaches to the justification of human rights are then briefly reconstructed and assessed. A symmetrical distribution of strong and weak points is argued to obtain. In the light (...)
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  11. Alessandro Ferrara (1993). Modernity and Authenticity: A Study of the Social and Ethical Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. State University of New York Press.
    Translated from the 1989 Italian edition, Ferrara (sociology, U. of Rome) intertwines an exploration of the ethical and social thought of 17th-century French philosopher Rousseau, with an analysis of contemporary culture through those ...
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    Alessandro Ferrara (1997). Authenticity as a Normative Category. Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (3):77-92.
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  13. Alessandro Ferrara (2004). The Relation of Authenticity to Normativity: A Response to Larmore and Honneth. Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 (1):17-24.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (1994). Authenticity and the Project of Modernity. European Journal of Philosophy 2 (3):241-273.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2001). Of Boats and Principles: Reflections on Habermas's "Constitutional Democracy". Political Theory 29 (6):782-791.
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    David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara (2016). From System Integration to Social Integration: Kurdish Challenge to Turkish Republicanism. Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):406-418.
    The modern republican history of Turkey and its relation with the question of ethnic diversity could be understood via the tension between the processes of system integration and social integration. This article, based on Jürgen Habermas’ conceptual framework, draws the sources of such tension with reference to the Kurdish identity in Turkey since the early republican era. For this purpose, from the 1920s to the 2000s, policies and discourses of system integration aiming at a certain degree of ethnic homogenization to (...)
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    David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara (2016). States and Communities Competing for Global Power. Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):386-396.
    The question of immigration and its corollary community and minority formation has always been analysed in relation to states. However, the increasing importance of solidarity beyond national borders on the grounds of one or several identities – national, religious, ethnic, regional – removes the claim of recognition of a collective identity from a national level to an international level and, in the European Union, to a supranational level. Such an evolution places territory at the core of the analysis of citizenship (...)
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    David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara (2016). Two Cheers for the Impunity Norm. Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):487-499.
    International criminal law is dedicated to the battle against impunity. However, the concept of impunity lacks clarity. Providing that clarity also reveals challenges for the current state and future prospects of the project of ICL, which this article frames in cosmopolitan terms. The ‘impunity norm’ of ICL is generally presented in a deontic form. It holds that impunity for perpetrators of international crimes is a wrong so profound that states and international bodies have a pro tanto duty to prosecute and (...)
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    David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara (2016). The Kurdish Struggle and the Crisis of the Turkishness Contract. Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):397-405.
    In this article, inspired by Whiteness Studies, I propose two concepts that allow us to see the question of ethnicity as well as the history of the Turkish Republic through the lens of privilege: Turkishness and the Turkishness Contract. By Turkishness, I mean a patterned but mostly unrecognized relationship between Turkish individuals’ ethnic position and their ways of seeing, hearing, feeling and knowing – as well as not seeing, not hearing, not feeling and not knowing. These ways and states of (...)
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    David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara (2016). Violent Islamism Beyond Borders: Can Human Rights Prevail? Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):363-374.
    The argument that sectarian conflicts in the Arab Middle East have been persistent since time immemorial is erroneous. While these views may seem compelling with the rise of ISIL, they are in fact very dangerous: they downgrade Islamic societies to primordial, selective and static features. I will argue for a different set of propositions. First, violence is not unique to Islamic societies. Extreme illiberal ideologies prevailed in Christian Europe both during the Thirty Years War and during the fascist interwar period. (...)
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    Alessandro Ferrara (1985). A Critique of Habermas' Diskursethik. Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1985 (64):45-74.
    With the publication of Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns (1981) and of his essays “A Reply to my Critics” (1982), “Diskursethik — Notizen zu einem Bugründungsprogramm” (1983), “Moralbewusstsein und kommunikatives Handeln” (1983), and “Über Moralität und Sitdichkeit — Was macht eine Lebensform ‘rational’?” (1984), Habermas has considerably developed and systematized his views on ethics. Up to Communication and the Evolution of Society (1979), ethics had been of interest to Habermas mainly insofar as certain concepts related to it — such as the (...)
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2015). Varieties of Transcendence and Their Consequences for Political Philosophy. The European Legacy 20 (2):109-119.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2010). Foreword. Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (1):5-7.
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    Roberto Farneti & Alessandro Ferrara (2012). What is a Minor Philosophy? A Conversation on Thinking From the Periphery in a Global World. Philosophia 40 (4):717-739.
    This is the text of a conversation that follows up on Roberto Farneti’s article “A Minor Philosophy: The State of the Art of Philosophical Scholarship in Italy” published in Philosophia 38 (1) 2009: 1–28. After a brief introductory note that details the reception of the article in Italy, Ferrara and Farneti engage in a conversation on the notion of “minor philosophy” and on the meaning and future of philosophizing “from the periphery” in a globalized world. The text is followed by (...)
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2011). Ferrajoli's Argument for Structural Entrenchment. Res Publica 17 (4):377-383.
    This paper engages with Ferrajoli’s contribution to the philosophical debate on constitutional democracy and in particular his conception of ‘structural entrenchment’, or the basis upon which one can defend the normativity of the Constitution as ‘higher law’, which can trump or limit legislation, without infringing democratic principles. Ferrajoli’s own understanding of ‘structural entrenchment’ is compared to Rawls’s and Dworkin’s arguments in support of it. Ferrajoli’s position is neither grounded on a philosophy of history, as in Rawls, nor on a version (...)
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2008). Introduction. Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (1-2):5-27.
    After focusing on the understanding and the prospect of post-secular society (2008), probing the fruitfulness of expanding multiculturalism into multicultural jurisdictions (2009) and investigating a possible realignment of major liberal notions (2010), in 2011 the so-called ‘trap of resentment’ has been at the center of the İstanbul Seminars. The three sections of this special issue – which collects together the contributions discussed in İstanbul between 19 to 24 May 2011 – are devoted to various facets of the task of inverting (...)
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  27. Alessandro Ferrara (1994). Sobre el concepto de "comunidad liberal". Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política 3:122-142.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2007). Europe as a "Special Area for Human Hope". Constellations 14 (3):315-331.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2002). The Idea of a Social Philosophy. Constellations 9 (3):419-435.
  30. Alessandro Ferrara (2009). Das Gold im Gestein. Verdinglichung und Anerkennung. In Axel Honneth & Rainer Forst (eds.), Sozialphilosophie Und Kritik. Suhrkamp 40--63.
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    Barbara Carnevali, Alessandro Ferrara & Mauro Piras (2005). Les pratiques du moi, di Charles Larmore. Iride 18 (1):191-216.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (1992). Narcissism. International Studies in Philosophy 24 (3):114-115.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2012). Introduction. Philosophy and Social Criticism 38 (4-5):343-349.
    After focusing on the understanding and the prospect of post-secular society (2008), probing the fruitfulness of expanding multiculturalism into multicultural jurisdictions (2009) and investigating a possible realignment of major liberal notions (2010), in 2011 the so-called ‘trap of resentment’ has been at the center of the İstanbul Seminars. The three sections of this special issue – which collects together the contributions discussed in İstanbul between 19 to 24 May 2011 – are devoted to various facets of the task of inverting (...)
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2015). Democracies in the Plural A Typology of Democratic Cultures. Philosophy and Social Criticism 41 (4-5):393-402.
    This article aims at exploring one specific facet of pluralism: How can we conceive of a variety of democratic cultures that are not just local adaptations of one basic western-centric understanding of the democratic ethos? Drawing on Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian sources, a convergence among diverse democratic cultures is cursorily highlighted on such elements as the priority of the common good, the acceptance of pluralism, the desirability of collegial deliberation, the equality of citizens, and the value of individuality. (...)
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2002). Neutralità e giustificazione politica nel liberalismo degli anni Novanta tra perfezionismo, proceduralismo e ragione pubblica. Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 4.
    In questo saggio si esamina il modo in cui viene concepito il rapporto tra pluralità del bene e universalità della giustizia all'interno del dibattito filosofico politico di matrice liberale dell'ultimo decennio. Vengono ricostruite tre diverse strategie concettuali con cui è stata sviluppata una concezione "situata" della giustizia come imparzialità fra concezioni del bene concorrenti -- la strategia del perfezionismo liberale , quella del proceduralismo e quella della ragione pubblica -- e in particolare il modo in cui dalle diverse ottiche è (...)
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    Alessandro Ferrara, Alessio Scandurra & Danilo Zolo (2000). Discussione su "Che cos'è la globalizzazione" di Ulrich Beck. Iride 13 (1):181-192.
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    Alessandro Ferrara & Jacques de Saint Victor (2012). L'hégémonie catholique et la vie publique en Italie. Cités 49 (1):173.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (1998). Il soggetto della democrazia e l'idea di "eguale rispetto". Iride 11 (3):523-536.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (2002). L'Europa di fronte alla "nuovissima costellazione". Iride 15 (2):243-250.
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  40. Marina Calloni, Alessandro Ferrara & Stefano Petrucciani (2001). Pensare la Societáa l'Idea di Una Filosofia Sociale.
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  41. Alessandro Ferrara (2013). Annotations. Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 (4-5):331-331.
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  42. Alessandro Ferrara (1997). Authenticity as a Normative Category: Special Section: Autonomy and Authenticity. Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (3):77-92.
     
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  43. Alessandro Ferrara (2011). Democrazia E Apertura. B. Mondadori.
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  44. Alessandro Ferrara (1996). Democrazia e giustizia nelle società complesse. Filosofia Oggi 2 (1):67.
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  45. Alessandro Ferrara (2010). Deliberazione, identità e ‘doveri d’amore’ [Decision, identity and ‘duties of love’]. la Società Degli Individui 38.
    Il saggio prende in esame due punti della teorizzazione di Harry Frankfurt in merito alla moral agency. Il primo è la corretta concettualizzazione del momento della ‘decisione’ all’interno del­­la ca­tena deliberativa. Vengono esaminati tre passaggi critici: a) la base normativa a cui la decisione ri­spon­de; b) la teoria della ‘unificazione della persona’ attraverso la decisione e c) la distinzione fra ‘scelta’ e ‘decisione’. Il secondo punto è l’ambiguità in­sita nel concetto di ‘doveri d’amore’ pro­posto da Frankfurt. A questo pro­posito vengono (...)
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  46. Alessandro Ferrara (2003). Dvojí pojetí lidství a zdůvodnění lidských práv na základě soudnosti. Filosoficky Casopis 51:639-663.
    [Two notions of humanity and the judgment argument for human rights].
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  47. Alessandro Ferrara (2005). Giudizio e senso comune. Nuova Civiltà Delle Macchine 23 (1):69-81.
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    Alessandro Ferrara (1999). Justice and Judgment: The Rise and the Prospect of the Judgment Model in Contemporary Political Philosophy. Sage.
    This text is an integrated and comprehensive account of theories of justice and judgement in contemporary political and moral philosophy. It offers a critical examination of judgement and normative validity in the recent works of Rawls, Habermas, Ackerman, Michaleman, and Dworkin. Ferrara demonstrates how the understanding of justice and normative validity, since the linguistic turn in philosophy, is defined in terms of reflective judgement. This demonstration comprises of an historical overview of the judgement model in contemporary political philosophy that focuses (...)
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  49. Alessandro Ferrara (2001). La Sfida Del Postmoderno. Etica E Politica 3 (2).
    The author proposes a key of interpretation of the post — modern age not as a mere cultural attitude but as an effective philosophical horizon of our time. Two considerations are needed in order to define it: the proclaimed impossibility of a one-way description of reality, and the conviction of the existence of a plurality of conceptual schemes which can not be absolutely reduced one to the other. Therefore postmodernism severely limits the possibility of analysing notions such as liberty, justice (...)
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  50. Alessandro Ferrara (1992). Modernity and Authenticity: A Study of the Social and Ethical Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. State University of New York Press.
    This study on the contemporary relevance of Rousseau’s ethical and social thought, the “ethic of authenticity,” responds to the tensions of modern morality and rivals the answers generated by the more mainstream tradition of the “ethic of autonomy.”.
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