Legitimitatea dizidenţei. Nesupunerea civică şi raţiunea publică rawlsiană

Nicolae Dobrei

The tension between fundamental human rights and democratic (majoritarian) legitimacy is both critical
and analytically rich for contemporary normative theories of democracy – and for the issue of morally
acceptable civil disobedience as well. I briefl y discuss the challenge this tension raises for three of the
mainstream approaches to this issue, namely republicanism, liberalism and deliberative democracy. I move
then to a detailed account of the early Rawlsian justifi cation of civil disobedience, and in the third step of
my argument I advance the idea that Rawls’ theory of public reason off ers a particularly strong framework
for understanding disobedience as an eff ective means for promoting justice and legitimacy in contemporary

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