Justice, Citizenship, Civility- Foreword by Daniel Innerarity
Foreword by Daniel Innerarity
11 Foreword Daniel INNERARITY The world we live in is filled with paradoxes, a significant part of which could be summarized by saying that this is a world of everyone and of no one. There are many issues that are everybody’s business (because they affect all of us and require a coordinated response) but for which, at the same time, nobody is capable or willing to assume respon- sibility (because there is no agency that is competent to address these issues or because nobody takes charge of them). What is the difference between what is shared and what is uncontrollable, between the com- mon responsibility and the generalized irresponsibility? How do we distinguish what belongs to everybody from what belongs to no one, what has no owner from what nobody takes care of? How do we avoid branding empty concepts as universal and celebrating as a new opening what, in reality, leaves us at the mercy of the elements and makes us vulnerable? Geneviève Souillac’s book ventures into this partially unexplored territory with an admirable subtlety. The research into the nature and management of these new public goods of humanity is carried out with the true passion of a scholar. This can be seen in the originality of some of the formulations that the author suggests we use to manage these novel realities. The world’s cartography no longer establishes a coherent whole of self-sufficient units. Rather, it offers an incomplete map of areas whose sovereignty is ambiguous, of spaces...
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