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The Counterfactual Yardstick

Normativity, Self-Constitutionalisation and the Public Sphere

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Karolina Cern

The chief concern of this book is to discuss a democratic legitimation for modern law. Investigation is therefore steered towards current debates on processes of Europeanisation and the issue of self-constitutionalisation of a democratic polity. This turns out to be a complex concept referring to the threefold constitutionalisation: legal, institutional and horizontal, and hence to processes of evolutionary constitution making as well as institutional and societal constitutionalisation. Developing democratic legitimation in post-conventional terms rests on the presumption of increasing the processes of incrementally rationalising lifeworlds and unveils the role of the practical power of judgement transferred from the concept of a (monological) subject to the (dialogical-discursive) public spheres.
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Karolina M. Cern, PhD, Chair of Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland); author of The Conception of Time by the Early Heidegger (2007), co-author of Ethos in Public Life (2008, repr.2011); co-editor of eight volumes and author of numerous articles in practical philosophy.

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