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

By José Luis Martí

This booklet examines an not going improvement in sleek political philosophy: the adoption through a tremendous nationwide executive of the tips of a residing political theorist. whilst Jos Luis Rodrguez Zapatero grew to become Spain's competition chief in 2000, he pledged that if his socialist occasion gained strength he could govern Spain in keeping with the foundations specified by Philip Pettit's 1997 publication Republicanism, which awarded, in its place to liberalism and communitarianism, a thought of freedom and executive according to the belief of nondomination. while Zapatero used to be elected President in 2004, he invited Pettit to Spain to provide a big speech approximately his principles. Zapatero additionally invited Pettit to watch Spanish politics and convey one of those record card sooner than the following election. Pettit did so, returning to Spain in 2007 to make a presentation during which he gave Zapatero's govt a professional thumbs-up for selling republican beliefs. during this e-book, Pettit and Jos Luis Mart give you the ancient heritage to those strange occasions, clarify the rules of civic republicanism in available phrases, current Pettit's file and his reaction to a couple of its critics, and contain an intensive interview with Zapatero himself. moreover, the authors talk about what's required of a political philosophy whether it is to play this sort of public position that civic republicanism has been enjoying in Spain. an immense account of an extraordinary and memorable come across among modern political philosophy and real-world politics, this can be additionally an important paintings of political philosophy in its personal correct.

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If a government claims to be republican, 30╅╇ CHAPTER 1 the question is whether it operates in conformity to republican principles. And if it does operate in that way, then for all practical purposes—for all purposes that matter from our viewpoint in this book—it is republican. This opens the way for the review of Zapatero’s performance in chapter 3. Before coming to that review, however, it will be useful to provide an overview of civic republican philosophy, and this is the topic of chapter 2.

The retreat from republican liberty appears clearly in a book that Paley published in 1785 and that remained a best-selling text for well over a century. He agreed that something close to the conception of freedom as nondomination is favored in “the usage of common discourse”; according to this conception, as he said, freedom requires not just the absence of interference—or at least 44╅╇ CHAPTER 2 of interference that is “useless and noxious”—but the absence of even a “danger” of such interference (Paley 1825, 164–65).

For the central theme in republican concerns throughout the ages—the theme that explains all their other commitments—has been a desire to arrange things so that citizens are not exposed to domination of this kind. Traditional republicans recognized two sorts of power or mastery that could induce domination, turning you into something like a slave or servant or subject and inducing the ingratiating mentality that they associated with such lack of standing. The one is the private power of other persons or groups, which the Romans called dominium; this is the sort of domination illustrated in the examples given.

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