Legitimacy, Democracy, and Disagreement
The recent onset of populism, the refugee crisis, and terrorism represent three relevant features of contemporary daily politics. These issues may appear as new predicaments, but they have been studied by many political theorists in the last two centuries. Three theoretical issues are particularly connected with these traits of our contemporary world. Populism connects with the roots and value of democracy. Populist movements challenge the democratic credentials ofrepresentative democracy, and require a new foundation of the democratic regime. Migrations and the issue of international human rights require a foundation in ideas about the legitimacy of the state system, especially if seen as an alternative to a cosmopolitan world government. Terrorism, especially when driven by religious ideals, put in question the ideal of multicultural citizenship and pluralism. The present volume includes essays on these topics by prominent thinkers. It offers an updated picture of the current state of political theory, with a focus on the contribution given by Sebastiano Maffettone.
insegna Filosofia politica e History of Political Thought alla LUISS Guido Carli. Autore di numerosi saggi specialistici, ha pubblicato un libro su Jeremy Bentham (La fabbrica della felicità, Liguori 2010) e curato una raccolta di saggi sul cambiamento climatico (Canned Heat, Routledge 2014, con Marcello Di Paola).
Per LUISS University Press ha scritto La fuga di Astrea (2012) e Etica pubblica. Una piccola introduzione (2015).