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More Ideas, More Intelligence, and (a Little) Fewer Elections: On Antonio Floridia’s “A Deliberative Idea of Democracy”

Num°19 ELECTIONS
Mastropaolo

Electoral democracy, which current democratic regimes administer excessively and which has been constrained within perverse procedures of binary options, is causing great harm. One of the most intriguing recipes that are being circulated is deliberative democracy with its revaluation of discussion and compromise. Antonio Floridia has devoted an important book to the reconstruction of the complex genealogy of deliberative theory. Leggi tutto »

 
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Numero 19 ELECTIONS July, 2017 - Autore:

 

Reforming the (Italian) Electoral Law: A Proposal

Num°19 ELECTIONS
Guglielminetti

The essay advances the proposal for a reform of the Italian electoral system Leggi tutto »

 
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The Seriousness of Fight And Work: A Dialogue With Maurizio Landini

Num°18 SERIOUSNESS
Fiom_simboloFIOM_sfondoROSSO

A short conversation with Maurizio Landini about workers’ struggles and their seriousness Leggi tutto »

 
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Numero 18 SERIOUSNESS December, 2016 - Autore:

 

In Place of Sacrifice: The Scandal of Grace

Num°17 GRACE
Mancini

This essay intends to develop the essential relation between grace and mercy in opposition to sacrificial logics. Whereas philosophy acknowledges its specific vocation to critical inquiry in particular regarding the meaning of the human experience of the gift as a form of relationship, mercy has instead been overshadowed not only in Western thought, but also in the traditional hermeneutics of the evangelic texts. Leggi tutto »

 
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Corporate Speech in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission

Num°16 AGENCY
CitizensUnited

This essay identifies two arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, a direct argument in Justice Kennedy’s opinion, and an indirect argument in Justice Scalia’s concurring opinion, for applying the First Amendment to corporate speech. Leggi tutto »

 
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Philosophical Assumptions and Program Evaluation

Num°13 EVALUATION
Community

The transdisciplinary nature of evaluation allows its application in diverse contexts, with diverse stakeholder groups, to address diverse social problems, through the use of diverse methodologies. Leggi tutto »

 
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Evaluation as a Socio-Political Intervention

Num°13 EVALUATION
Status-Quo

The logic of evaluation is presented and examined, resulting in the claim that evaluation (of public policies and programs) itself is an intervention in the public sphere. Evaluation accomplishes this primarily via the advancement of selected stakeholder interests and values, Leggi tutto »

 
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A Rousseauian Economist’s Brief Reflection on Evaluation

Num°13 EVALUATION
Rousseau

The essay highlights the close connection that is in place between a specific mode of evaluation and a specific economic approach, namely the neo-classic or marginalist approach; Leggi tutto »

 
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Questa inconstante dea: Machiavelli’s amoral Fortuna

Num°12 LUCK
MachiavelliENG

Machiavelli often portrays fortuna as an inconstant, amoral power that gives or takes benefits regardless of its beneficiaries’ or victims’ merits. Yet though fortune appears omnipotent, he also insists that human beings have a power of their own – virtú – that can reduce its impact. Leggi tutto »

 
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How Much Fortune? Machiavelli and the Dilemma of Contingency

Num°12 LUCK
Machiavelli

The register of political actions situates itself, for Machiavelli, in the relation between virtue and fortune. Fortune is that which escapes, it is the configuration given in a specific moment to the conflict that devastates the political space, namely the conflict between the many, who do not want to be dominated, and the great, who want to dominate. Leggi tutto »

 
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Luck and Institutions: A Defense of Institutional Luck Egalitarianism

Num°12 LUCK
TAN

Luck egalitarianism is a picture of distributive equality which holds that a just distributive allocation of the goods or resources (that we take to matter) must reflect the choices of people and not their bad or good luck. Leggi tutto »

 
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Urban Space Pedagogy: Turin, a “Risorgimento” City

Num°11 SPACE
Odoardo Tabacchi, Monumento a Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1887. Fotografia di Mario Gabinio, 17 luglio 1926. © Fondazione Torino Musei - Archivio fotografico

In the second half of nineteenth century Italy, “urban space pedagogy” becomes popular. It is the tendency to promote national consciousness and identity among the adult populace, which is for the most part illiterate, via a channel that is alternative to school education and focuses on collective imagination and the emotional sphere through the transformation of the town into an open air museum. Leggi tutto »

 
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Education as “Accessible Beyond”: A Proposal for Reforming the Educational System

Num°10 EDUCATION
PatellaniFederico

The educational system—first of all, schools and universities—is an institution; yet an institution is a dwelling for human beings. What is this dwelling like? What kind of (public) space is it? It would not be a dwelling if it were not fully accessible, or even better, if it were not a place which we do not even need to access because we are always already in it. Leggi tutto »

 

Anthropological Emergency, Educational Emergency

Num°10 EDUCATION
emergenza-antropologica-libro

The open letter published in 2011 on Avvenire by Pietro Barcellona, Paolo Sorbi, Mario Tronti e Giuseppe Vacca invites to a “new alliance” between believers and non-believers in order to face what the four authors name an “anthropological emergency,” that is, a situation characterized by the technical possibility of wide manipulations of human life and the commodification of human life itself within an uncontrolled globalization. Leggi tutto »

 
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