Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2017) XIX/2

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Reichlin Massimo

Moral Realism and Moral Objectivity. Guest Editor’s Preface

Magni Sergio Filippo

Objectivity And Moral Relativism

De Anna Gabriele

Human Action And Moral Realism

Songhorian Sarah

Why should I be moral? The impact of objectivism or non-objectivism on our commonsensical understanding of normative reasons for action

Cremaschi Sergio

Anscombe On The Mesmeric Force Of ‘Ought’ And A Spurious Kind Of Moral Realism

Costa Paolo

Realism without Objectivity Can One Be Both Realist and Quietist in Ethics?

Pellegrino Gianfranco

Evolutionary Debunking of Normative Realism. Not a Real Threat for Realists

Reichlin Massimo

Realism and Naturalisation in a Practical Reason Account


Cerovac Ivan

Guest Editor’s Preface

Destri Chiara

Right or Wrong, It’s Democracy. Legitimacy, Justification and the Independent Criterion

Mladenović Ivan

Epistemic Foundations of Democratic Authority

Zubčić Marko-Luka

Belief-Revision, Epistemic Contribution, and Polynormativity

Prijić Samaržija Snježana

The Role of Experts in a Democratic Decision-Making Process

Linares Lejarraga Sebastián

Democracy, Epistemic Value, and Political Equality: a New Model of Epistemic Participatory Democracy


Bacin Stefano

La ricerca di un senso nella vita, la prospettiva morale e i limiti di una concezione sentimentalista

Botti Caterina

Il senso della vita, senza Dio ma con gli altri

Greco Lorenzo

Un’esile significanza:Eugenio Lecaldano sul senso della vita

Marrone Pierpaolo

Il senso della vita: la risposta è dentro di te, ma potrebbe essere quella sbagliata

Pellegrino Gianfranco

Senso della vita e moralità: le relazioni pericolose

Pollo Simone

Il senso della vita in un mondo darwiniano

Reichlin Massimo

I limiti di una concezione soggettivista del senso della vita

Lecaldano Eugenio

Continuando a riflettere sul senso della vita con l’aiuto della discussione


Balistreri Maurizio

Robot killer. La rivoluzione robotica nella guerra e le questioni morali

Block Walter E., Fryzek Nathan

Poverty Inc.: An Economic and Libertarian Analysis

Manti Franco

The Moral Decision. From ‘Phronesis’ to Ethical Competence

Martinelli Riccardo

Gli storici e i selvaggi

Spielthenner Georg

The Particularist Method of Ethical Reasoning

Tuono Marco

La morte: questione ontologica o valoriale?



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Riccardo Fanciullacci (Venezia)

Pierpaolo Marrone (Trieste)


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Roberto Festa (Trieste)

Giovanni Giorgini (Bologna)

Edoardo Greblo (Trieste)

Fabio Polidori (Trieste)


Enrico Marchetto (Trieste)


A. Agnelli † (Trieste), A. Allegra (Perugia), G. Alliney (Macerata), S. Amato (Catania), M. Anzalone (Napoli), D. Ardilli (Modena), F. Aronadio (Roma), G. Azzoni (Pavia), F. Bacchini (Sassari), E. Berti (Padova), M. Bettetini (Milano), P. Bettineschi (Venezia), P. Biasetti (Padova), G. Bistagnino (Milano) R. Caporali (Bologna), A.A. Cassi (Bergamo), G. Catapano (Padova), M. Cossutta (Trieste), L. Cova (Trieste), S. Cremaschi (Vercelli), G. Cevolani (Modena), R. Cristin (Trieste), U. Curi (Padova), G. De Anna (Udine), P. Donatelli (Roma), P. Donini (Milano), M. Faraguna (Milano), M. Ferraris (Torino), L. Floridi (Oxford), R. Frega (Bologna), S. Fuselli (Verona), A. Fussi (Pisa), C. Galli (Bologna), R. Giovagnoli (Roma), P. Kobau (Torino), E. Irrera (Bologna), E. Lecaldano (Roma), L.A. Macor (Oxford), E. Manganaro (Trieste), G. Maniaci (Palermo), R. Martinelli (Trieste), F.G. Menga (Tübingen), R. Mordacci (Milano), V. Morfino (Milano), B. de Mori (Padova), M. Pagano (Vercelli), G. Pellegrino (Roma), V. Rasini (Modena-Reggio Emilia), M. Reichlin (Milano), M. Renzo (Stirling), A. Rigobello (Roma), P.A. Rovatti (Trieste), S. Semplici (Roma), A. Schiavello (Palermo), A. Sciumè (Bergamo), M. Sgarbi (Venezia), F. Toto (Roma), F. Trabattoni (Milano), F. Trifirò (London), M.S. Vaccarezza (Genova), C. Vigna (Venezia), P. Vignola (Guayaquil) S. Zeppi † (Trieste).


J. Allan (New Zealand), K. Ballestrem (Germany), T. Bedorf (Germany), G. Betz (Germany), W. Block (USA), M. Byron (USA), S. Chambers (Canada), J. Coleman (UK), C. Cowley (Ireland), W. Edelglass (USA), C.L. Geshekter (USA), A. Kalyvas (USA), J. Kelemen (Hungary), F. Klampfer (Slovenia), M. Knoll (Turkey), C. Illies (Germany), D. Innerarity (Spain), A. Lever (Switzerland), H. Lindahl (Netherlands), J. Marti (Spain), M. Matulovic (Croatia), J. McCormick (USA), N. Miscevic (Croatia), A. Moles (Hungary), L. Paulson (France), A. Przylesbski (Poland), J. Quong (USA) V. Rakic (Serbia), A. Schaap (UK), B. Schultz (USA), N. Tarcov (USA), D. Webb (UK), J.P. Zamora Bonilla (Spain).


B. Accarino (Università di Firenze), A. Altobrando (China University of Politics and Law, Pechino) A. Allegra (Università per Stranieri, Perugia), S. Amato (Università di Catania), P. Bettineschi (Università di Padova), S. Blancu (LUMSA, Roma), M. Ballistreri (Università di Torino), M. Bettetini (IULM, Milano), C. Canullo (Università di Macerata), R. Caporali (Università di Bologna), G. Cevolani (IMT, Lucca), F. Ciaramelli (Università di Napoli, Federico II), A. Cislaghi (Università di Trieste), R. Cristin (Università di Trieste), G. De Anna (Università di Udine), P. Donatelli (Università di Roma, La Sapienza), A. Fabris (Università di Pisa), S. Ferrando (Université de Strasbourg), A. Fussi (Università di Pisa), C. Gerbaz (Università di Rijeka), B. Giovanola (Università di Macerata), G. Grandi (Università di Padova), L. Greco (Università di Oxford), M.L. Lanzillo (Università di Bologna), G. Maniaci (Università di Palermo), R. Martinelli (Università di Trieste), F. Menga (Università di Tubinga), F. Miano (Università di Roma, Tor Vergata), M. Monaldi (Università di Trieste), R. Mordacci (Università San Raffaele, Milano), B. De Mori (Università di Padova), G. Pellegrino (LUISS, Roma), U. Pomarici (Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”), V. Rasini (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia), C. Rofena (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia), A. Schiavello (Università di Palermo), P. Šustar (Università di Rijeka), M. Trobok (Università di Rijeka), F. Turoldo (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia), M. Vaccarezza (Università di Genova), S. Zanardo (Università Europea di Roma).

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    Etica & Politica / Ethics and Politics, (2017) XIX/2
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    La morte: questione ontologica o valoriale?
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