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    Can Political Liberalism Help Us Rescue “the People” From Populism?Alessandro Ferrara - 2018 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 44 (4):463-477.
    Within the author’s long-term project of updating John Rawls’s paradigm of “political liberalism” to a historical context different from the original one, this paper focuses on how political liberalism can help us understand populism and help liberal democracy survive the populist upsurge. In the first section, political liberalism is argued to be of help in directing our attention to three constitutive aspects of all sorts of populism: the conflation of “the people” with the electorate and the electorate with the nation, (...)
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    The Force of the Example: Explorations in the Paradigm of Judgment.Alessandro Ferrara - 2008 - 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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    Reflective Authenticity: Rethinking the Project of Modernity.Alessandro Ferrara - 1998 - 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reason, liberalism makes this impossible and in the face of multiculturalism, difference, and the death of subject, are outdated.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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    Well-being as Self-Realization or as Gratification.Alessandro Ferrara - 2020 - Lebenswelt. Aesthetics and Philosophy of Experience 15:32-45.
    Two rival conceptions of well-being are reconstructed and contrasted, which have contended for philosophical pre-eminence throughout the Western conversation of philosophy. One view understands well-being as a life course in which as many as possible of a subject’s preferences are satisfied. The other view understands well-being as a life course in which some unique project of the subject comes to be realized. In the second part of the paper the aggregative view of well-being, championed by Hobbes and Locke is shown (...)
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  5. The Democratic Horizon: Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism.Alessandro Ferrara - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    Alessandro Ferrara explains what he terms 'the democratic horizon' - the idea that democracy is no longer simply one form of government among others, but is instead almost universally regarded as the only legitimate form of government, the horizon to which most of us look. Professor Ferrara reviews the challenges under which democracies must operate, focusing on hyperpluralism, and impresses a new twist onto the framework of political liberalism. He shows that distinguishing real democracies from imitations can be difficult, responding (...)
     
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    Of Boats and Principles.Alessandro Ferrara - 2001 - Political Theory 29 (6):782-791.
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    Varieties of Transcendence and Their Consequences for Political Philosophy.Alessandro Ferrara - 2015 - The European Legacy 20 (2):109-119.
    In this essay I argue that the notion of religious transcendence was a latecomer in human evolution. It did not appear before the Axial Age, and in its extreme form as a realm of ultimate meanings beyond human reach it had only a locally and temporally bounded existence. Once it appeared, however, the idea of religious transcendence set an evolutionary dynamic in motion, which soon led to various forms of “immanent transcendence,” starting from the “Papal Revolution” and continuing with the (...)
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    Two Notions of Humanity and the Judgment Argument for Human Rights.Alessandro Ferrara - 2003 - Philosophy Today 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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    Two Cheers for the Impunity Norm.David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - 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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    Sideways at the Entrance of the Cave: A Pluralist Footnote to Plato.Alessandro Ferrara - 2019 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (4):390-402.
    The idea of a ‘true’ account of pluralism is ultimately contradictory. Liberal political philosophers often fell prey to a special version of this fallacy by presupposing that there might be only one correct argument for justifying the acceptance of pluralism as the core of a liberal democratic polity. Avoiding this trap, Rawls’s ‘political liberalism’ has offered a more sophisticated view of reasonable pluralism as linked with the ‘burdens of judgement’. His philosophical agenda, however, left some questions underexplored: What is the (...)
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    The Right to Politics and Republican Non-Domination.David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):465-475.
    Against pronouncements of the recent demise of both democracy and the political, I maintain that there is, rather, something amiss with the process of politicization in which social grievances are translated into matters of political concern and become objects of policy-making. I therefore propose to seek an antidote to the de-politicizing tendencies of our age by reanimating the mechanism that transmits social conflicts and grievances into politics. To that purpose, I formulate the notion of a ‘fundamental right to politics’ as (...)
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    Authenticity and the Project of Modernity.Alessandro Ferrara - 1994 - European Journal of Philosophy 2 (3):241-273.
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    Modernity and Authenticity: A Study of the Social and Ethical Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.Alessandro Ferrara - 1993 - 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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  14. A Critique of Habermas's Consensus Theory of Truth.Alessandro Ferrara - 1987 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 13 (1):39-67.
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    Introduction.Giorgio Fazio & Alessandro Ferrara - 2019 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (6):627-634.
    The contributions grouped in this special section on ‘Realizing social freedom: a conversation on Honneth’s idea of socialism’ critically engage Honneth’s latest philosophical production and addres...
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    Judgment, Identity and Authenticity: A Reconstruction of Hannah Arendt's Interpretation of Kant.Alessandro Ferrara - 1998 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 24 (2-3):113-136.
  17. Mediating or Merely Juxtaposing Ritual and Sincerity?Alessandro Ferrara - 2010 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (1):41-44.
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    Authenticity as a Normative Category.Alessandro Ferrara - 1997 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (3):77-92.
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    A Critique of Habermas' Diskursethik.Alessandro Ferrara - 1985 - 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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    Europe as a “Special Area for Human Hope”.Alessandro Ferrara - 2007 - Constellations 14 (3):315-331.
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    Social Freedom and Reasonable Pluralism: Reflections on Freedom’s Right.Alessandro Ferrara - 2019 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (6):635-642.
    In this article, Honneth’s Freedom’s Right is discussed with the intent to assess its potential for offering a view of justice, grounded in social freedom, more adequate than the theories of justic...
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    Introduction.Alessandro Ferrara - 2008 - 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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    Fondare senza fondamentalizzare I diritti umani: Il ruolo di una Seconda Dichiarazione.Alessandro Ferrara - 2005 - Jura Gentium 1:85-95.
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    Annotations.David Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2019 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (4):359-359.
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    Ferrajoli’s Argument for Structural Entrenchment.Alessandro Ferrara - 2011 - 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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  26. The Unbearable Seriousness of Irony.Alessandro Ferrara - 1990 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 16 (2):81-107.
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  27. Modernity and Authenticity: A Study of the Social and Ethical Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.Alessandro Ferrara - 1992 - 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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  28. The Relation of Authenticity to Normativity: A Response to Larmore and Honneth.Alessandro Ferrara - 2004 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 (1):17-24.
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    “Most Reasonable for Humanity”: Legitimation Beyond the State.Alessandro Ferrara - forthcoming - Jus Cogens.
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  30. Reflective Authenticity: Rethinking the Project of Modernity.Alessandro Ferrara - 2002 - Routledge.
    _Reflective Authenticity: Rethinking the Project of Modernity_ is a challenging consideration of what remains of ambitious Enlightenment ideas such as democracy, freedom and universality in the wake of relativist, postmodern thought. Do clashes over gender, race and culture mean that universal notions such as justice or rights no longer apply outside our own communities? Do our actions lose their authenticity if we act on principles that transcend the confines of our particular communities? Alessandro Ferrara proposes a path out of this (...)
     
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    Debating Exemplarity: The “Communis” in Sensus Communis.Alessandro Ferrara - 2018 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (2):146-158.
    In this paper I respond to Lois McNay’s article “The politics of exemplarity: Ferrara on the disclosure of new political worlds.” After contextualizing her appraisal of my views on exemplarity within the current debate about critical theory and postcolonialism, and after clarifying my interpretation of Kant’s notion of sensus communis, I defend the function that this concept plays within an immanent and experience-near approach to critical theory. Sensus communis is what makes of a subjective grievance a cogent critique. I then (...)
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    Una concessione fatale.Alessandro Ferrara - 2008 - Jura Gentium 5 (S1):66-73.
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    The Republican Ideal of Freedom as Non-Domination and the Rojava Experiment: ‘States as They Are’ or a New Socio-Political Imagination?David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - 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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    The Idea of a Social Philosophy.Alessandro Ferrara - 2002 - Constellations 9 (3):419-435.
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    Justice and Judgment: The Rise and the Prospect of the Judgment Model in Contemporary Political Philosophy.Alessandro Ferrara - 1999 - Sage Publications.
    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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    Between Transparency and Surveillance: Politics of the Secret.David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - 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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    Political Liberalism Revisited.Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (7):681-706.
    In this article by way of reply, the author responds to the challenging comments on The Democratic Horizon provided by Michelman, Benhabib, White, Scheuerman and Laden. In response to Michelman, some reflections are propounded on the function of judicial review, in order to alleviate the tension between two understandings of the mandate of the highest interpreter of the constitution as aimed at remedying either an occlusion of democratic authorship or a shortfall of agreement, and on the need to rethink how (...)
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    Annotations.David Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2018 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 44 (4):345-345.
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    The Legacy of Rawl's Political Liberalism and its Future.Alessandro Ferrara - 2017 - Jura Gentium 14 (1):96-130.
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    Foreword.Alessandro Ferrara - 2010 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (1):5-7.
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  41. Modernità E Autenticità Saggio Sul Pensiero Sociale Ed Etico di J.J. Rousseau.Alessandro Ferrara - 1989
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    Digital Spaces, Public Places and Communicative Power: In Defense of Deliberative Democracy.David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - 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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    Narcissism.Alessandro Ferrara - 1992 - International Studies in Philosophy 24 (3):114-115.
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  44. The Communicative Paradigm in Moral Theory.Alessandro Ferrara - 1996 - In David M. Rasmussen (ed.), Handbook of Critical Theory. Blackwell. pp. 119--37.
     
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    The Secret Underneath a Success Story.Alessandro Ferrara - 2017 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (3):247-248.
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    ‘République and Laïcité’: What is at Stake in Contemporary France?David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (4-5):440-447.
    How should one define the republican democratic and ‘laïque’ spirit in both the most concise and effective manner, as well as that most suited to the French case? The republican spirit resides without doubt in refusing submission to any single individual whoever that individual may be. The democratic spirit does not consist of decreeing the sovereignty of the people, but in developing formal modalities of political life allowing the people not to be divested of it. The ‘laïque’ spirit rejects all (...)
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    Prague, or Critical Theory in the 21st Century.Alessandro Ferrara - 2017 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (3):235-242.
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    Les pratiques du moi, di Charles Larmore.Barbara Carnevali, Alessandro Ferrara & Mauro Piras - 2005 - Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 18 (1):191-216.
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    From System Integration to Social Integration: Kurdish Challenge to Turkish Republicanism.David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - 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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    Republican Conception of Liberty in Early Republican Turkey and its Contemporary Implications.David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - 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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