A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism by José Luis Martí

By José Luis Martí

This ebook examines an not going improvement in glossy political philosophy: the adoption via an enormous nationwide executive of the information of a residing political theorist. whilst José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero turned Spain's competition chief in 2000, he pledged that if his socialist social gathering received energy he might govern Spain based on the foundations specified by Philip Pettit's 1997 e-book Republicanism, which awarded, as a substitute to liberalism and communitarianism, a thought of freedom and executive in response to the belief of nondomination. while Zapatero used to be elected President in 2004, he invited Pettit to Spain to offer a big speech approximately his rules. Zapatero additionally invited Pettit to observe Spanish politics and bring one of those file card ahead of the following election. Pettit did so, returning to Spain in 2007 to make a presentation within which he gave Zapatero's govt a certified thumbs-up for selling republican ideals.

during this publication, Pettit and José Luis Martí give you the old historical past to those strange occasions, clarify the rules of civic republicanism in available phrases, current Pettit's record and his reaction to a couple of its critics, and comprise an in depth interview with Zapatero himself. moreover, the authors speak about what's required of a political philosophy whether it is to play one of these public position that civic republicanism has been taking part in in Spain.

a big account of a unprecedented and noteworthy come upon among modern political philosophy and real-world politics, this can be additionally an important paintings of political philosophy in its personal right.

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Such interference will mediate alien control—the imposition of an alien will—provided that it is not subject to my ultimate say-so and control. That is to say, it is not like the interference of Ulysses’ sailors in keeping him tied to the mast or the interference that my partner may practice, at my request, when she hides the chocolate or the cigars. So long as the interference is uncontrolled—so long as it is in that sense an arbitrary form of interference—it will subject me to a degree of alien control on the part of others and will reduce my freedom in the affected choices.

This still leaves open the question of whether these initiatives can be considered as truly republican—a question that will be faced in chapter 3. Before concluding this chapter, however, let me deal with two issues that have been postponed in previous sections: first, the connection between civic republicanism and the Spanish political tradition; and second, the impact of Zapatero’s endorsement of republicanism on Spanish public debate. 24╅╇ CHAPTER 1 Civic Republicanism in the Spanish Political Tradition In his conversations with the Spanish writer Suso de Toro, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero declared: “Spain, for me, is democracy.

Many of these authors applauded Zapatero’s commitment to republicanism and aided in explaining to the people the ideals contained in the republican tradition, thus enriching the public debate. The Impact of Zapatero’s Endorsement on Spanish Public Debate Zapatero’s explicit endorsement of civic republicanism, as articulated by Philip Pettit, ensured that both the philosophy and the philosopher received considerable attention from both foes and allies in newspapers, radio, television, and other digital media.

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