A Lexicon on Inclusive Democracy: freedom, self-determination, rights

Authors

  • Barbara Henry Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento (Pisa)

Keywords:

Democracy, Freedom, Self-determination, Rights

Abstract

Till the last decade of the 20th century we, Western scholars and citizens, were almost used to take for granted ‘thick’ definitions about the necessary conditions to ascribe a regime to the family of “representative democracy”: to tackle a polity of this kind, for a long time we have commonly depicted its features in terms of some, very demanding, and not explicit, axiological assumptions. Nowadays, some of those assumptions are vehemently questioned and even dismantled, being challenged by a multilateral and diversified front of adversaries: which includes populist ideologies and movements, on one side, and deep institutional crisis, on the other. Assuming that, it is even more urgent not to give up: we cannot in any case “get rid of” the critical way of reasoning. Moreover, this endeavor is even more urgent in hard times. Therefore, some of the ‘thick’ and demanding democratic assumptions, and their opposite concepts, will be clarified and debunked in the core of this contribution. The following paragraphs aim at building up a minimal and partial index, a seminal step for rewriting in the future at least some lemmas of a democratic lexicon. This lexicon aims to identify the necessary conditions for a vital and inclusive democratic government to flourish and last over time.

Author Biography

Barbara Henry, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento (Pisa)

Professoressa ordinaria di Filosofia Politica presso la Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento (Pisa), dove dirige il laboratorio Global Security and Human Rights ed è la coordinatrice del PhD in Human Rights and Global Politics presso l'Istituto DIRPOLIS

Published

30-06-2021

Issue

Section

Philosophy of Human Rights