The journal “Etica pubblica. Studi su legalità e partecipazione” (Public Ethics. Studies on legality and participation) stems from a major assumption: legality cannot be reduced to the repression of unlawful acts. Legality is mainly the product of a shared idea of common good and public interest that may prevent and control behaviors that threaten and harm civil coexistence. A political culture which aims to serve the general interest calls for active participation in public life, and for a political culture through which citizens can feel they are actively engaged in the life of the community. As Robert Dahl once wrote, “Democracy also requires, among other things, inclusiveness, enlightened understanding and effective participation”.
The journal aims to become a public forum for the discussion of ideas promoting a shared culture of general interest. It will host contributions coming from different scientific fields, including philosophy, history, sociology, law and political science.
The journal adopts an interdisciplinary approach to legality, in that this concept is seen at the intersection of different scientific fields. Attention will be devoted to comparative approaches, with a particular focus on the Italian case which, as is well known, is affected by frequent deviant behaviours that threaten public interest. “Etica pubblica” is biannual and publishes articles both in Italian and English