Libertà ‘repubblicana’? Tra liberalismo e democrazia

Author/s Massimo La Torre
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/59 Language Italian
Pages 14 P. 149-162 File size 185 KB
DOI 10.3280/LAS2017-059010
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There is a recent attempt to solve the traditional controversy between a negative and a positive notion of liberty, that is, in other words, between liberalism and democracy, through the elaboration of a ‘third’ concept, ‘republican freedom’. This is conceptualized neither as non-interference nor as participation, but rather as independence. Freedom would consist of a position qualified as ‘independence’ that cannot be reduced either to a negative or a positive subjective condition. The article tries to make sense of this proposal and to test the effective indepence of freedom as independence from both negative and positive liberty. The outcome of such testing is not particularly encouraging, since ‘republicanism’ ’s arguments seem to be constantly moving, indeed oscillating, between the two traditional doctrines of liberalism and democracy, without being able to differentiate such ‘third way’ with sufficient clarity.

Keywords: Freedom, Republicanism, Liberalism, Participation

Massimo La Torre, Libertà ‘repubblicana’? Tra liberalismo e democrazia in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 59/2017, pp 149-162, DOI: 10.3280/LAS2017-059010