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A brief investigation into the need for wisdom and virtue for legislative practice and popular control of leaders in John Stuart Mill's theory of democracy.

Grant number: 24/02494-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): September 02, 2024
Effective date (End): December 21, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Principal Investigator:Alberto Ribeiro Gonçalves de Barros
Grantee:Isabel de Almeida Brand
Supervisor: Laurent Jaffro
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France  
Associated to the scholarship:23/00135-5 - The tension between popular and elitist elements in John Stuart Mill's theory of democracy, BP.MS

Abstract

This Internship Project, to be carried out at the University of Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne, aims to develop a specific question in our master's research project in Brazil, entitled "The tension between popular elements and elitist elements in the theory of John Stuart Mill's democracy" (FAPESP 2023/00135-5), in which we study the controversy raised by Mill's interpreters regarding the British philosopher's democratic credentials. We consider to be central to our investigation the question of to what extent the leading role given by the philosopher to competent experts and/or professional politicians in the formation of public opinion and decision-making processes, unbalances the balance of powers between the various political agents and classes social issues within a representative democracy.

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