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Agenda | 09/03/2010

Philip Pettit presents “Llibertat i govern: republicanisme” in Barcelona

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The key book on republican theory will be presented in Barcelona on 15 March. The event will include the presence of the author, Philip Pettit, ideological guru and the inspirer of some of the policies promoted by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, as vindicated by the Spanish premier


The Centre d’Estudis de Temes Contemporanis (CETC) will present the book “Llibertat i govern: republicanisme”, by Philip Pettit, on the coming 15 March. The event will include interventions of the councillor of Culture Joan Manuel Tresserras, by the author himself and by the CETC Director, Alfred Bosch. The presentation will be in the Sala Mirador of the CCCB at six in the evening.

On repeated occasions, the current Spanish premier, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has vindicated Philip Pettit’s civic republicanism as his model on governing and promoting legislative reforms aimed at extending social rights, such as same-sex marriage and the dependency law. Pettit himself has expressed his opinion on several occasions, and has even written a book, on the application of his ideas to the Spanish case. In 2007 he judged Zapatero’s work in the Moncloa to be positive. What will he think of it in 2010?

Born in Ireland 55 years ago, Philip Pettit is one of the main current academic reference figures on political theory. He has lectured at different universities around the world. He is currently Laurence Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University (New Jersey, USA). His most important books include “A Theory of Freedom: From Psychology to the Politics of Agency” (2001), “The Common Mind: An Essay on Psychology, Society and Politics” (1993) and “Not Just Deserts: A Republican Theory of Criminal Justice” (1990, with John Braithwaite).

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