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A Short History of the Future of Elections

Num°19 ELECTIONS
Keane

We live in times shaped by the conviction that periodic ‘free and fair’ elections are the heart and soul of democracy. Since 1945, when only a dozen parliamentary democracies were left on our planet, elections have come to be seen widely as the best way of forming good governments, sometimes even as a ‘timeless’ and non-negotiable feature of political life. Article 21 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in December 1948, famously set the standard: ‘The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage’. Leggi tutto »

 
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Is Voting No Longer Democratic? Elections and the Democratic Fatigue Syndrome

Num°19 ELECTIONS
Palano

This essay critically addresses the arguments developed by Belgian intellectual David Van Reybrouck in his book Against Elections and specifically the presupposition underlying his entire discourse, namely, that “voting is no longer democratic.” The essay will consider Van Reybrouck’s proposed interpretation of the various causes of the democratic “crisis” and will highlight some problematic elements that have to do with the “insufficiency” of the electoral process in terms of guaranteeing the democratic character of Western political systems. Leggi tutto »

 
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In Defense of Elections

Num°19 ELECTIONS
PosadaCarbò

This article presents the case for the defence of a beleaguered creature in the twenty-first century: elections. It looks first at the arguments against elections, recently articulated by David Van Reybrouk. It then revises the value of representation to restate the central place elections have had and ought to have in modern democracies. It does so particularly by highlighting Nadia Urbinati’s important contribution to our understanding of representative democracies. Leggi tutto »

 
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The Mob Came Wielding Pitchforks, but they had a Good Story to Tell

Num°19 ELECTIONS
Boatright

Recent elections in Western democracies have brought into question the relationship between electoral mechanisms and democracy. I argue that while democratic impulses can be identified in political systems where elections either do not take place or are flawed, such impulses cannot be measured and are therefore destined to become the subject of ideological contestation. Leggi tutto »

 
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The Trend of Representation: From the Liberal Paradigm to the Postmodern Voter

Num°19 ELECTIONS
Damele

Some recent electoral events – the referendum on the so-called Brexit, the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency – have again focused the debate on the validity and strength of universal voting as method of selecting leaders. The liberal-democratic model, based on representation and thus on periodic elections and representatives’ free mandate, is again called into question. Leggi tutto »

 
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Election and Representation

Num°19 ELECTIONS
MassaPinto

A certain degree of confusion and overlapping between the principle of elections and the principle of representation affects the political-constitutional vocabulary – both principles are given meanings relating to the idea of people’s participation. Yet at least in the beginning, the notions of elections and representation, which share a common theological origin, have no participatory content; rather, they refer to the issue of power legitimation. Leggi tutto »

 
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Serious Philosophy

Num°18 SERIOUSNESS
Haack

What is serious philosophy? What does it demand of us? And is it true, as some suppose, that a philosopher can’t be serious about his work unless he is solemn and humorless? Calling on ideas from C. S. Peirce, Haack argues first that philosophy is a serious form of inquiry, requiring real commitment and real intellectual effort, and then that playfulness and humor may actually be of help in such inquiry, while solemnity and self-importance will, for sure, impede it . Leggi tutto »

 
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Charis, Kairós: Successful Grace

Num°17 GRACE
Alessandra

The essay points to some key stages in the history of the idea of grace (charis): Greek myths and poetry, Plotinus, the Christian tradition (the Biblical and theological legacy), eighteenth-century aesthetics, Schiller’s modernity, and the emergence of charme in twentieth-century thought. Leggi tutto »

 
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Filling the Void or Filling the Full? On the Concept of Grace

Num°17 GRACE
asterisk

Grace is not sacrifice: it is the opposite of sacrifice in the field of religious language and experience. Nowhere as in the idea of the Holy Trinity does the overcoming of the principle of narrow or strict distribution of space and resources in general come to light. If the Father were to reduce himself in favor of the Son, we would have not grace, but sacrifice. Leggi tutto »

 
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An Interval of Grace: The Time of Ethics

Num°17 GRACE
Skof

In the preliminary introduction, we point to Schopenhauer’s ethics and philosophy of religion and to his peculiar understanding of the notion of freedom as grace. On the basis of this constellation, we then start with three Meadian analyses. We first introduce the topics of space and touch in the discussion of Mead’s philosophy of intersubjectivity and the related problem of an ethical temporality. Leggi tutto »

 
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Beyond the Gift

Num°17 GRACE
scrovegni

To be truly a gift, that is, gratuitous, the gift should be situated outside the logic of exchange and power relations within which givers and receivers are positioned. Self-abnegation, forgiveness, and the will to donate fall instead within the framework of goals and intentions; they thus reveal that authentic gratuitousness is impossible because it would imply perfect sharing between givers and receivers. Leggi tutto »

 
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The Artifice of Grace. The Broken Dream of Modernity

Num°17 GRACE
spinario-musei-capitolini-

The essay explores grace starting with modernity, particularly through a confrontation with Schiller and Kleist. Some features of grace emerge: it is an artifact yet it is essential to nature, to which it belongs; it mixes with nature, yet it is effective in the order of the human and freedom without thereby being chosen; nor can it be repeated as natural immediacy. One arrives at the extreme feature of grace as pure artificiality, which is not convincing either. Leggi tutto »

 
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Touching Grace

Num°17 GRACE
Irigaray

The multiple meanings of “grace” have always implied a relation between two subjects—a relation that is reciprocal, positive, and concerning the whole of our being. Such a relation has to do with (physical and transcendental) “touching.” Cultures have become unaware of this. The essay investigates “grace” in its relation to a form of touching that operates in a corporeal, sensible, and natural way. Leggi tutto »

 
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Actions, Reason Explanations, and Values

Num°16 AGENCY
Löhrer

According to the orthodox causalist view, intentional action is a behavior which is caused in the right way by the reasons for which the agent acted and it is explained in terms of their causally effective reasons. Leggi tutto »

 
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