Metabasis N. 22
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Trust: society, imaginaries and culture

Trust: society, imaginaries and culture

November 2016 - Year XI - Number 22

Political reflections

Siege of the colony of Magnets: trust, law, narration

Clelia Castellano

DOI: 10.7413/18281567084

The aim of this paper is to rethink the value of the poetic and narrative dimension in a season of law nihilism. In a platonic perspective, these dimensions might be able to build a bridge of confidence between the citizens and their laws.

De homine lingenti: aspects and categories of voluntary servitude. A brief remark on microphysics of power.

Antimo Cesaro

DOI: 10.7413/18281567086

This brief paper intends to investigate the dynamics lying at the basis of politics relationship by examining the role of the lie and trickery. Furthermore, by reading the Discours de la servitude volontaire di Ètienne de La Boétie, the topic about the voluntary deception will be investigate, focusing on the obscure desire to serve that offers a different way to interpret the political phenomena.

Politics and Justice: on the material constitution

Lucio d’Alessandro

DOI: 10.7413/18281567088

In Italy, the transition from the so-called First Republic to the present one marked a tangible change in the material constitution: a shift from the “Party Republic” (Scoppola) to a kind of Schmittian “State of Jurisdiction”, in which the closure of the system is given, in the final analysis, by judicial decision. Mortati’s notion of material constitution may still play a useful role in analysing this transition, since it looks to the historically concrete basis and therefore to the existing social organisation to find the balance between the powers exercised within society, and that seek within the constitutional legal order an instrument apt to protect the interests that they bear.

Social Justice or Market Justice? The Italian Constitutional Court Rules Against Economic Rationality.

Sergio Marotta

DOI: 10.7413/18281567090

Recent rulings made by the Italian Constitutional Court invite reflection on the ongoing conflict between the austerity policies implemented in countries with high public debt and the protection of rights that are fundamental to citizens’ quality of life and to workers’ dignity.

Political local action: which role for the territorial stakeholders?

Sara Petroccia

DOI: 10.7413/18281567091

The Applications of analysis of this paper can be summarized as follows: “Does public intervention produce the desired effects?”; “What works and what does not, for whom and why?”; “How are the reasons for the failure of an intervention to be confronted?”. It is not always easy to answer to these questions, because the answer requires the identification of the causal link between the implementation of the intervention and the observed changes in the variables which will be affected by the intervention. We will try to do it in the following paper.

Unprofitable Reflections about Trust

Natascia Villani

DOI: 10.7413/18281567093

Trust, whatever we perceive it as – as a sentiment, as a commitment, as a bond – it calls for the important role it has in western thinking and sometimes it is linked to other terms - collaboration, legitimacy, consensus. And we are under the risk of mixing up these all. Starting from the Aristotelian distinctions of the term friendship, linked to the concept of pistis, it still opens up to a world of unfulfilled expectations, where trusted relationship come to be supported by law. It leads us to a dark side of the human soul: one in which trust seems reduced to a minimum.

Philosophical Horizons

Some reflections on epistemic justification

Stefano Colloca

DOI: 10.7413/18281567087

The aim of this paper is to define a plausible concept of epistemic justification for empirical knowledge of the external world and to investigate whether it is possible to justify beliefs. Three accounts of epistemic justification will be considered: strong internalism, weak internalism and externalism. With regard to the first aim, I will argue that we cannot choose an account of justification, independently of our contingent epistemic needs. With regard to the second aim, I will argue that, whatever account of justification we adopt (more or less demanding), no justification for our empirical beliefs on the external world can be achieved.

Approximations between the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Wunenburger and the images of the fire

Thácio Ferreira dos Santos

DOI: 10.7413/18281567092

In this paper we show how the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Wunenburger approaches some of the images of fire, especially with regard to the notions of contradiction and antagonism. Furthermore, we aim to demon-strate that such a perspective lends itself as a guide able to go through the “labyrinthine layout of the world” with patience and perseverance. We conclude with a testimony on the impact of the work of this philosopher in our own intellectual itinerary.

Metabasis N. 22
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