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CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Alessandro Ferrara

Alessandro Ferrara is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and teaches Legal Theory at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome. He has served as President of the Italian Society for Political Philosophy (2005-2010) and is Co-Director of the Prague Conference on Philosophy and Social Science. Among his recent volumes are: with Frank Michelman, Legitimation by Constitution. A Dialogue on Political Liberalism (OUP, 2021); Rousseau and Critical Theory (Brill, 2017) and The Democratic Horizon. Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism (CUP, 2014). He is completing a new volume entitled Sequential Sovereignty. Constituent Power and Political Liberalism, on the opposition of sequential and serial conceptions of democratic popular sovereignty.
Two breakthroughs of Political Liberalism: The legacy of John Rawls in the 21st century

On Thursday, November 11th at 12 am (CET), we are going to host CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Alessandro Ferrara, Full Professor in Political Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and former President of the Italian Association for Political Philosophy (2005-2010), presented by our fellow Gabriele Giacomini.


According to Ferrara, two most valuable aspects of Rawls’s legacy in the 21st century are argued to consist of a) his post-1980 situated normative standard captured by the phrase “the most reasonable for us” and b) his view of liberal-democratic legitimacy as centered around consent on the constitutional essentials (“legitimation by constitution”). The normative models and assumptions undergirding “A Theory of Justice” and “Political Liberalism” are contrasted, the rationale for rethinking liberal legitimacy is reconstructed, and the originality of Rawls’s new normative standard is highlighted with reference both to classical political philosophy and the post-Wittgensteinian philosophical horizon.


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