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Breaking the Siege

  • Gustavo Pereira
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Part of the Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations book series (PPCE, volume 9)

Abstract

This chapter aims to identify possible ways to counteract the influence of social pathologies on our practical life. To this end, I will propose interventions through social institutions to help transform or modify the most vulnerable aspects of our practical life. Such interventions should focus on shared practices that have an impact on how we conceive ourselves, the social world in which we work and the relationships we establish with others. In particular, I will propose that strengthening practical life in social spaces mediated by intersubjectivity is the best way to recover the intense exercise of the imagination that operates as a condition of possibility for humans to exercise autonomy and reflection. This intense exercise is the best way to face and counteract the effects of social pathologies. The spaces of social action considered are those connected with the concepts of civil society, democratic ethical life and social institutions, because it is through them that we can introduce normative friction, thus triggering reflective processes. This way of counteracting social pathologies from the dialogical exchanges that take place in the non-deformed public spaces of civil society can be understood as an effect of the power that emerges in this type of interactions, which in Habermasian terms is called “communicative power”.

Keywords

Intersubjectivity Civil society Democratic ethical life Normative friction Reflective processes Communicative power 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustavo Pereira
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  1. 1.Faculty of HumanitiesUniversidad de la RepúblicaMontevideoUruguay

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