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  1. On Stephen Engstrom, The Form of Practical Knowledge.Carla Bagnoli - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):191-203.
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    Norberto Bobbio: The Rule of Law and the Rule of Democracy.Richard Bellamy - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):53-59.
    One of the main themes of Bobbio’s writings was the relationship between law and politics. Yet an ambiguity runs through his writings on this point. He saw politics and law as intimately related, with the one entailed by the other. Yet, the tautologous relationship he saw as existing between the two posed a potential problem – what could be called the Hobbes challenge. For if politics is impossible without law, yet all law flows from politics, then we seem faced with (...)
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  3. Hannah Arendt's Reflections on Violence and Power.Richard J. Bernstein - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):3-30.
    Focusing on her essay “On Violence”, I explain and defend the sharp distinction that Hannah Arendt draws between power and violence. Although fully aware of how power and violence are frequently combined, she argues that they are conceptually distinct – even antithetical. I show how these concepts are related to many other themes in her thinking including politics, action, speech, persuasion, and judgment. I also explore the wider context of the role of violence in her philosophic and political thinking. She (...)
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    Memory and the Construction of Personality.Remo Bodei - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):87-98.
    The article proposes a kind of imaginary chess match in seven moves between memory and oblivion in which the construction of collective identity is at stake. Starting from the experience of unexpected changes, such as the collapse of political regimes, it aims to show how the failure to nourish established memory provokes oblivion. Memory and forgetting do not represent neutral territories, but actual battlefields in which identity – especially collective identity – is decided, molded, and legitimized. Moreover, every victorious power (...)
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    Memories of the Future: The Role of Memory in Building a Gendered Identity. The Case of Women.Gabriella Bonacchi - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):99-111.
    This article focuses on the relationship between memory, female identity and the history of women: issues and areas of scholarship that have a comparatively recent history, but already present a rich spectrum of contrasting approaches and studies. In the case at hand, interpretations rooted in Foucault’s genealogical approach are contrasted with more recent postcolonial studies, against the backdrop of the political history of European and American feminism, a position that can scarcely be reduced to the more familiar terms of the (...)
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    Towards a Philosophy of Political Myth.Chiara Bottici - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):31-52.
    This article argues for the need for philosophical reflection on political myth. It does so by addressing the twofold question “Why philosophy?” and “Why political myth?” The first part of the essay examines the ways that political philosophy could contribute to a better understanding of political myth. In particular, it proposes to look at political myth as a process rather than as an object, and to define it as the work of a common narrative, which grants significance to the political (...)
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    Hybrid Identities and Memory.Giuseppe Cacciatore - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):113-124.
    In this article the author reflects on some of the most recent instances of the hybridization of identities, brought about by movements of migration in the more general context of globalization. New situations triggered by the epoch-making historical developments of the world we live in require us to modify our notion of individual identity, which is no longer seen as a fundamental and self-referential essence of the individual, but rather as the product of a number of relational variables, many of (...)
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    On Massimo Cacciari's Hamletica.Massimo Donà, Claudio Ciancio, Vincenzo Vitiello & Federico Vercellone - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):183-204.
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    An Introduction.Vanna Gessa Kurotschka - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):83-85.
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    Between Past and Future: Identity, Religion and Public Space.Vanna Gessa Kurotschka - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):125-140.
    The following article addresses the political dimension of identity in its complex interrelations with memory on one hand and normativity on the other. Identity, as Amartya Sen has shown, is neither an essence nor a function of religious belonging, as determinists and reductionists have assumed, but the result of an active process of choice. Autonomous choice, however, does not take place outside of time and space, far from external resistance and contradictions, but is rooted in situations, emotions, corporeality and all (...)
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    The Man at the Mirror (Dialogue with Oneself).Dmitri Nikulin - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):61-79.
    The article provides a close hermeneutical reading and philosophical interpretation of a short text by Mikhail Bakhtin from 1943, quoted and translated in the beginning. Contra the modern Cartesian interpretation of the subject as always open to itself in an act of self-reflection, it is argued that one’s self is not immediately accessible and fully transparent to itself. Looking at oneself in the mirror stands for an attempt of self-cognition, in which one both recognizes and misses oneself, seeing oneself as (...)
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    On Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth's Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange.Marcus Ohlström, Marco Solinas & Olivier Voirol - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):205-221.
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    On Jacques Audiard's A Prophet.Mario Pezzella & Katia Rossi - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):161-169.
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    Regimes of Memory: Distance, Identity and the Liberty of the Citizen.Nadia Urbinati - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):141-157.
    The theoretical interpretations of liberalism in its relations to multiculturalism occupy a central role in contemporary political theory. Yet, although arguments of rights and equal respect have provided for reasonable justifications of cultural diversity, daily papers and political columns give us an image of democratic societies that is often intolerant, exclusionary and insensitive to the argument of rights when faced with cultural and religious pluralism. The diachronic rhythm between intellectual reasonableness and widespread opinion often goes unobserved in academic literature. In (...)
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    On Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery.Ugo Volli & Gloria Origgi - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):173-180.
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  16. The Claims of Reason: Engstrom’s Account of Practical Knowledge.Carla Bagnoli - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3:197-203.
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