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Normative anticipation and civil society in J. Habermas: new emancipation between counterfactual and utopia

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Keywords: civil society, participation, counterfactual, utopia, deliberative democracy.

The essay wants to deepen the concept of «normative anticipation» (normativer Vorgriff ) as a new form of civil society's emancipation. Through the analysis of habermasian model of double track deliberative politics and the concepts of counterfactual and utopia present in this model, we can understanding the real and virtual participation that characterize, today, the civil society as a «third arena», where anonymous individuals and collective actors define, in advance, the borders between which thematize and deal with social and politic issues.

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