Justice, Citizenship, Civility- Foreword by Daniel Innerarity
À vrai dire, il est bien inutile de se demander si la liberté est naturelle, puisqu’on ne peut tenir aucun être en servitude sans lui faire tort. Etienne de la Boétie, Discours sur la servitude volontaire The expansion of democratic ethics for the stewardship of a postnational, postmetaphysical, and postsecular world is the object of this book. The practices of civility, such as they arise from a normative democratic universe, can be further harnessed for a transborder ethics. A post-heroic approach to democratic ethics, one which takes violence and injustice seriously, yet understands the constraints posed on us as historical beings, is necessary. The privilege of democratic citizenship includes our conscious involvement with our historical destinies, and with others whom we inevitably encounter on our journey of contemporary politics. The history of modernity forms the backdrop of contemporary ethics and politics. However, as democratic justice and global ethics continue to merge, responses to the challenges of a modern world show that we are not at any “end of history” but on the contrary, moving forward. Democratic experience revolves around the encounter with complexity, both temporally and spatially: encounter with difference; encounter with the past and memory, and with potential future(s); and finally, encounter with the vulnerability that accompanies all these mutations. In a post-Cold War world, many have argued the triumph of democracy, and since the fall of the Berlin Wall, democracy looms brightly on the international stage as a model of governance and purveyor of global justice. Democracy...
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