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Modernity

The concept of modernity can be analysed from various points of view. A sociological perspective sees modernity as the historical era arising from feudal society’s profound transformation processes and that, starting with the Protestant Reformation, sees the emergence of the new bourgeoisie..

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Constitution

Constitution is a key category, one of the most important, of modern political and legal theory.

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Democracy

In the Greek polis the meaning of the term “democracy” implied the government of a vast majority of the people, the “plebs”, as opposed to the aristocracy.

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Dialogue

In recent times, "dialogue" has emerged as an important and even central notion in both philosophy and politics.

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The Diaspora

Literally a diaspora is the “dispersion of a people leaving their homeland and migrating in various directions”.

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Reset
A month of ideas.
Giancarlo Bosetti Editor-in-chief
Association for dialogue and intercultural understanding
Resetdoc Videos
IT Monday, 1 March 2010

Migrations and Human Rights

Seyla Benhabib

In this exclusive Resetdoc interview, Seyla Benhabib, philosopher and professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale, says «When you come to the land of ‘Another’ and your intentions are peaceful, you have a moral and legal claim to be able to stay there. But whether you are permitted to stay when the danger is past, whether you can actually be a member of that society, is a sovereign claim. Citizenship entails being able to fulfil certain kinds of qualifications and conditions if you are a foreigner. There must be an open, transparent, consistent way for the stranger to become a member of a state.»


Filmmaker: Nikolai Eberth
Interview: Nina zu Fürstenberg
Textediting: Claudia Durastanti

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