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Title: Self-gouvernement et pragmatisme ; Jefferson, Thoreau, Tocqueville, Dewey
Authors: Zask, Joëlle
Keywords: Jefferson
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Citation: Joëlle Zask, "Self-gouvernement et pragmatisme ; Jefferson, Thoreau, Tocqueville, Dewey", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XII (2010) 1, pp. 113−133.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XII (2010) 1
Abstract: The main idea of this paper is that self-government should be regarded as a principle whose basic meaning is that people, in order to fulfill their aspirations and pursue a life worth living, must have the right and power to influence their individual and social circumstances. When applied to political theory such principle allows to draw the outlines of what John Dewey called “radical liberalism” or “radical democracy”, a political culture that presents some fondamental differences when compared to the two dominant contemporary alternative standpoints, liberalism and communitarism. Considering the works of Jefferson, Thoreau, Tocqueville and Dewey as belonging to a same political family the paper traces its main constitutive traits.
ISSN: 1825-5167
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