Political Philosophy

From March 25 to April 7, 2019

LEGITIMACY AND PROCESSES OF EXTERNAL SELF-DETERMINATION

To speak of politics is not always to speak of legitimacy. But when we speak of fundamental changes in the structure of a State, it is inevitable to speak of legitimacy at some point. This is all the more true when processes of self-determination have been undertaken in a given territory. The legitimacy of a political entity always results from a continuous process of legitimation.

From FABER we call on all those specialists who at some time have done research on some of the most outstanding external self-determination processes of recent times: the German reunification; the partition of Czechoslovakia; the secessions that occurred in central and eastern Europe as a result of the collapse of the USSR; the referendums in Quebec, Scotland or Catalonia; the Brexit. Philosophers, political scientists, economists, historians, legislators, journalists and any professional, researcher or academic who has a project in this field can present their candidacy.

We are interested in working, for example, on the following questions: the exercises of self-determination, the political legitimacy of states, the discourses to increase the legitimacy of institutions, among others, but also the relationship with the democratic ideal and the specific case of Catalonia’s independence process. In which cases can we affirm that a process of external self-determination has contributed to the strengthening of the democratic ideal? Which international policy of the externally self-determined subject earns him international legitimacy, from a democratic point of view? Can we take advantage of the lessons of transitional justice to understand how post-process legitimacy increases or decreases?

Faber wants to be a space for open debate where all these issues and many others can be debated.