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  1. 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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    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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    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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    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reason, liberalism makes this impossible and in the face of multiculturalism, difference, and the death of subject, are outdated.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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    Authority, Legitimacy, and Democracy: Narrowing the Gap Between Normativism and Realism.Alessandro Ferrara - 2020 - Constellations 27 (4):655-669.
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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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    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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    The Separation of Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular Society.Alessandro Ferrara - 2009 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (1-2):77-91.
    This article examines recent theories of democratic citizenship as well as the institutional separation of religion and politics in light of shortcomings with the traditional secularization thesis. Due to the fact that juridical norms and forms of consciousness develop at a more rapid pace than religious ones, received accounts of both democratic equality and toleration need to be reconceptualized. Questions concerning the legitimacy and neutrality of religious reasoning in democratic politics, as pursued in the work of Rawls and Habermas, also (...)
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    Of Boats and Principles.Alessandro Ferrara - 2001 - Political Theory 29 (6):782-791.
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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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    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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    Universalisms: Procedural, Contextualist and Prudential.Alessandro Ferrara - 1988 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 14 (3-4):243-269.
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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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  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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    Hyper-Pluralism and the Multivariate Democratic Polity.Alessandro Ferrara - 2012 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 38 (4-5):435-444.
    In the global world, momentous migratory tides have produced hyper-pluralism on the domestic scale, bringing citizens with radically different conceptions of life, justice and the good to coexist side by side. Conjectural arguments about the acceptance of pluralism, the next best to public reason when shared premises are too thin, may not succeed in convincing all constituencies. What resources, then, can liberal democracy mobilize? The multivariate democratic polity is the original answer to this question, based on an interpretation of Rawls (...)
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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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  17. 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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    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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    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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  20. Authenticity as a Normative Category.Alessandro Ferrara - 1997 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (3):77-92.
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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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    Public Reason and the Normativity of the Reasonable.Alessandro Ferrara - 2004 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 (5-6):579-596.
    The main purpose of the paper is to contribute to reconstructing the kind of normativity underlying Rawls’s notion of public reason and of the reasonable. The implicit target is the somewhat popular view according to which the transition from the framework of A Theory of Justice to that of Political Liberalism would entail a loss of normativity. On the contrary, the related ideas of public reason and the reasonable are argued to presuppose a notion of normativity – linked with judgment (...)
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    Does Kant Share Sancho's Dream?: Judgment and Sensus Communis.Alessandro Ferrara - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (1-2):65-81.
    In this paper the notion of sensus communis, as articulated by Kant in the Critique of the Power of Judgment, is discussed from the vantage point of the author's project of exporting the model of exemplary universalism underlying reflective and, specifically, aesthetic judgment beyond the realm of aesthetics. In the first section, the relevance of such a project relative to an appraisal of the new and unsuperseded philosophical context opened by the Linguistic Turn is elucidated. Then the centrality of sensus (...)
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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.
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    Democracies in the Plural: A Typology of Democratic Cultures.Alessandro Ferrara - 2015 - 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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    Authenticity as a Normative Category: Special Section: Autonomy and Authenticity.Alessandro Ferrara - 1997 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (3):77-92.
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    The Kurdish Struggle and the Crisis of the Turkishness Contract.David M. Rasmussen, Volker Kaul & Alessandro Ferrara - 2016 - 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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    Fondare senza fondamentalizzare I diritti umani: Il ruolo di una Seconda Dichiarazione.Alessandro Ferrara - 2005 - Jura Gentium 1:85-95.
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    Reflexive Pluralism.Alessandro Ferrara - 2010 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (3-4):353-364.
    Reflexive pluralism is here put forward as the conception that is most reasonable for supporters of political liberalism to hold at a period when the reasons justifying acceptance of political and religious pluralism seem inadequate.
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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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    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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    Europe as a “Special Area for Human Hope”.Alessandro Ferrara - 2007 - Constellations 14 (3):315-331.
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    ‘Political’ Cosmopolitanism and Judgment.Alessandro Ferrara - 2007 - European Journal of Social Theory 10 (1):53-66.
    This article addresses the issue of future cosmopolitanism, building on a minimal reconstruction of what cosmopolitanism has been in the past. It will elucidate the notion of ‘political’ cosmopolitanism in its relation to a certain methodological option which is designated by the shorthand term ‘judgment’. Cosmopolitanism is not a new idea but a new version of it is constituted by ‘political’ cosmopolitanism, bound up with a judgmentbased, as opposed to principle-based, understanding of normativity.
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    Rethinking Toleration and Pluralism Beyond Secularization: Reflexive Pluralism.Alessandro Ferrara - 2010 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (3-4):353-364.
    Reflexive pluralism is here put forward as the conception that is most reasonable for supporters of political liberalism to hold at a period when the reasons justifying acceptance of political and religious pluralism seem inadequate.
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    The Idea of a Social Philosophy.Alessandro Ferrara - 2002 - Constellations 9 (3):419-435.
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    Justice and the Good From a Eudaimonistic Standpoint.Alessandro Ferrara - 1992 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 18 (3-4):333-354.
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  37. Pensare la Societáa l'Idea di Una Filosofia Sociale.Marina Calloni, Alessandro Ferrara & Stefano Petrucciani - 2001
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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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    What is a Minor Philosophy? A Conversation on Thinking From the Periphery in a Global World.Roberto Farneti & Alessandro Ferrara - 2012 - 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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    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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    Annotations.Alessandro Ferrara - 2014 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 40 (4-5):347-347.
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  42. Annotations.Alessandro Ferrara - 2013 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 (4-5):331-331.
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  43. Democrazia E Apertura.Alessandro Ferrara - 2011 - B. Mondadori.
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  44. Democrazia e giustizia nelle società complesse.Alessandro Ferrara - 1996 - Filosofia Oggi 2 (1):67.
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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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  46. Das Gold im Gestein. Verdinglichung und Anerkennung.Alessandro Ferrara - 2009 - In Axel Honneth & Rainer Forst (eds.), Sozialphilosophie Und Kritik. Suhrkamp. pp. 40--63.
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  47. Deliberazione, identità e ‘doveri d’amore’ [Decision, identity and ‘duties of love’].Alessandro Ferrara - 2010 - 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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  48. Dvojí pojetí lidství a zdůvodnění lidských práv na základě soudnosti.Alessandro Ferrara - 2003 - Filosoficky Casopis 51:639-663.
    [Two notions of humanity and the judgment argument for human rights].
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    Discussione su "Che cos'è la globalizzazione" di Ulrich Beck.Alessandro Ferrara, Alessio Scandurra & Danilo Zolo - 2000 - Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 13 (1):181-192.
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  50. El desafí­o de la justicia global.Alessandro Ferrara - 2000 - Signos Filosóficos 2:183-212.
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