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Justificação, aplicação e consenso: notas sobre democracia e deliberação

Author(s): Eisenberg José

Journal: Dados - Revista de Ciências Sociais
ISSN 0011-5258

Volume: 44;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2001;
Original page

Keywords: democratic theory | consensuses | ethics of discourse

This article aims to reconstruct the issue of legitimation of democratic orders based on a typology of deliberative consensuses, relating different initial positions by actors to the principles of justification and application of the norms by which they operate. Based on Habermas' model of the ethics of discourse, the article argues that a democratic order's legitimacy depends on a "virtuous circle of democracy", defined as the circulation of forms of consensus that are able to avoid the characteristic crises in legitimation for each type of consensus.
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