Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2010) XII/1

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Monographica: Pragmatism and Democracy

Roberto Frega and Fabrizio Trifirò

Guests Editors’ Preface. Pragmatist and Democracy: an overview

Robert Talisse

Saving Pragmatist Democratic Theory (from Itself)

Roberto Frega

What pragmatism means by Public Reason

Gideon Calder

Pragmatism, critical theory and democratic inclusion

Fabrizio Trifirò

The importance of pragmatism for liberal democracy: an anti-foundationalist and deliberative approach to multiculturalism

Mark Porrovecchio

Cracks in the Pragmatic Façade: F. C. S. Schiller and the Nature of Counter-Democratic Tendencies

Joëlle Zask

Self-gouvernement et pragmatisme; Jefferson, Thoreau, Tocqueville, Dewey

Barbara Thayer-Bacon

Education’s Role in Democracy: The Power of Pluralism

Sandra Laugier

Emerson, l’éducation et la démocratie

Filipe Carreira da Silva

School and Democracy. A reassessment of G. H. Mead’s educational ideas

Kenneth W. Stikkers

John Dewey on the Public Responsibility of Intellectuals

Brian Duff

The Pragmatic of Parenthood: Rorty and West on the Politics of the Family

Shane Ralston

Dewey and Goodin on the Value of Monological Deliberation

Brian Butler

Democracy and Law: Situating Law within John Dewey’s Democratic Vision

Simposio: F. Botturi, La generazione del bene

Ferdinando G. Menga

Dal fondamento ontologico alla costituzione politica dell’esperienza. Un percorso di riflessione sul paradigma della mediazione

Carla Canullo

La spirale del bene. Qualche questione su La generazione del bene. Gratuità e esperienza morale di Francesco Botturi

Riccardo Fanciullacci

L’esperienza del mondo e degli altri di fronte alla questione del bene: in margine a Francesco Botturi, La generazione del bene. Gratuità ed esperienza morale

Francesco Botturi

Risposte ai miei critici


Gillian Brock

Immigration and Global Justice: What kinds of policies should a Cosmopolitan support?

Christopher Cowley

The irreducibility of the personal perspective in ethics. A reply to Baccarini

Barbara de Mori

Il confine permeabile: la negoziazione del confine animali-umani

Vittorio Morfino

Teodicee: una nota su S. Nadler, Il migliore dei mondi possibili

Wojciech Żełaniec

Remarks on The Ontology and The Normative Aspect of Constitutive Rules


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    Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
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    Remarks on The Ontology and The Normative Aspect of Constitutive Rules
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010)
    Żełaniec, Wojciech
    After some introductory remarks on constitutive rules I proceed to one problem still insufficiently handled in the constitutive rules research: that of how coordinate the definitional exigence that constitutive rules should define new (types of ) activities and, on the other hand, the claim that constitutive rules should be a disjoint class with that of regulative or prescriptive rules. I analyse briefly several examples, such as promises or interest-charging, or ‘sprezzatura’, and set out a number of problems and complexities inherent in these examples. Yet I also indicate commonalities shared by all of them.Short of offering a solution, I put forward the hypothesis that constitutive rules may in some cases be in rerum natura bound up with prescriptive norms and can be divided from them only in virtue of a theoretical analysis.
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    Teodicee: una nota su S. Nadler, Il migliore dei mondi possibili
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    Morfino, Vittorio
    The book of Steven Nadler, The Best of all possible World. A Story of Philosophers, God and Evil gives an account of the philosophical discussions among Leibniz, Malebranche and Arnauld about the freedom of God and the problem of evil. Starting from an imaginary encounter of the three philosopher in Paris, Nadler reconstructs the complex web of intellectual relations between Leibniz and Malebranche about the Theodicy, between Malebranche and Arnauld about the Treatise on the nature and grace, and between Leibniz and Arnauld about the Discourse of metaphysics. From this reconstruction emerges a sketch of the controversy in which Leibniz’s and Malebranche’s conceptions of God are characterized by the primacy of the intellect over will, whereas Arnauld’s conception of God, according to Descartes’ perspective, states the absolute freedom of God’s will. According to Nadler, Arnauld’s battle against Malebranch’s and Leibniz’s rationalist conception of God is subterraneously guided by his feeling of great proximity between these conceptions and the position about God expressed by Spinoza in the Ethics: a God without will and understanding, a power that simply produces the world in a necessary, meaningless way.
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    Il confine permeabile: la negoziazione del confine animali-umani
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    de Mori, Barbara
    The paper is devoted to a re-examination of the issue of the Human-Animal boundary in the light of the idea that the boundary has been renegotiated every time humans has perceived a challenge to their supremacy in the hierarchy of beings. By making reference to the Darwinian framework and also to the reflections developed by the philosopher and anthropologist Raymond Corbey in his book The Methaphysics of Apes. Negotiating the Animal-Human Boundary, the paper invites to focus the attention to the necessity of reestablishing some balance between humans and animals by doing reference to the quality of life of all living beings.
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    The irreducibility of the personal perspective in ethics. A reply to Baccarini
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010)
    Cowley, Christopher
    Elvio Baccarini has responded generously to my book Medical Ethics: Ordinary Concepts, Ordinary Lives (2008), but I would like to respond to three of his criticisms: first, about the role that theory ought to play in, and in relation to, moral experience; second, about my defence of a doctor’s right to conscientiously object to performing legal abortions; and third, to the reality of posthumous harm. Baccarini claims that I have overstated my claims, and drawn illegitimate metaphysical conclusions from people’s ordinary language. However, I argue that moral language is special precisely because of the way it expresses an irreducible personal perspective.
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