Who we are Committee Alessandro Ferrara
Alessandro Ferrara

Alessandro FERRARA –  Professor of Political Philosophy and Director of the Center for the Study of Post-Secular Society (CSPS) at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Recently he has published The Democratic Horizon. Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism (2014) and “Democracy and the Absolute Power of Disembedded Financial Markets” in Azmanova/Mihai (eds.), Reclaiming Democracy (2015). His work has also appeared in many scholarly journals on such topics as judgment and exemplarity as sources of normativity, critical theory, the relevance of reflective judgment in political philosophy, expanding the Rawlsian paradigm of political liberalism, religion in a post-secular society.

  • In Plato’s metaphor of the cave, a philosopher leaves the cave and brings back news from the world outside. A single fugitive can bring one truth, but several fugitive-philosophers would bring back diverse accounts. None of them can be proven the one unquestionably true account of what is outside the cave. That authority in the cave rules legitimately when confined to the area of overlapping of these accounts: that is what John Rawls calls public “reason”. This way of justifying a pluralistic stance, avoids the trap of turning the defense of pluralism into a non-plural truth and understands it as “most reasonable for us”.