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Seminar | Book Presentation “Repensar a Democracia”

Seminar | Book Presentation “Repensar a Democracia”

With Luis Villares Naveira, Teresa Cunha, Xoán Hermida González
December 6, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – Room 1, CES Alta

We move towards a new democracy or, if one wants, a new conceptualisation of democracy. This is done at a local scope, as 15M clearly indicated that we were walking on a political model exhausted long ago. And also at a global scope, as the social contract of modernity, as Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos observed, has long been an important social continuum.

We speak of democracy from the point of view of Professor Fernández Naveiro, who introduces us to the concepts of isonomy (the rule of law between equals) and representativeness (in the words of Naveiro himself, “the mechanical body of democracy” ), but to speak of democracy is also to refer to the common good (according to Hegel, “truth is the whole”), and to sovereignty as an expression of citizen participation. And in this context, we could not fail to address the crisis of the liberal model and the construction of new interpretations since postmodernity.
Rethinking democracy means inevitably resorting to the thinking of Boaventura de Sousa Santos. So much so that the different authors of this book refer to his work to a greater or lesser extent