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Manuel Arias Maldonado

Sentimental Democracy


For Manuel Arias Maldonado, populism, xenophobia and nationalism are a reflection of the trend towards irrational sentimentalisation in citizens’ demands. By considering political emotions from complementary disciplines such as neuroscience or psychology, he proposes the manner in which to modernise the enlightened tradition of the individual’s personal autonomy as a regulative ideal that can never be given up.

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