Alessandro Ferrara’s Sovereignty Across Generations
Alessandro Ferrara (Università degli Studi)

October 30, 2023, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Department of History and Humanities, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, and Guarini Institute of Public Affairs, John Cabot University

Via della Lungara
Roma 00165

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John Cabot University

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"How is it possible for there to exist over time a just and stable society of free and equal citizens, who remain profoundly divided by reasonable religious, philosophical, and moral doctrines?" (John Rawls, Political Liberalism)

Alessandro Ferrara’s work explores and develops John Rawls's answer to this question, and in his most recent book, Sovereignty Across Generations (OUP, 2023), he focuses on how the question extends "over time," or across generations. In response to current populist threats to democracy, he argues that the sovereign "people" is best understood as the trans-generational author of the constitution.  

This symposium on Ferrara's book will involve commentaries by Richard Bellamy (University College London), Sebastiano Maffettone (LUISS), and Ingrid Salvatore (Salerno) and responses from Ferrara himself. It will be chaired by Tom Bailey (JCU).

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October 30, 2023, 5:30pm CET

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