With this book, Alberto Pirni undertakes to introduce Italian readers to the work of a number of contemporary English‐ and German‐language political philosophers, for the most part little known in Italy. This task is performed with admirable precision and economy. For those already familiar with these figures, however, Pirni's secondary concern to criticize and synthesize their different positions will be of greater interest. In this regard, Pirni focuses particularly on the ‘rehabilitation’ of autonomous philosophical criticism of the political and on the function of such criticism in the extra‐institutional ‘public sphere’. His basic claim is that Onora O'Neill's Kantian constructivism offers an attractive combination of the ‘universalist’, represented by Otfried Höffe's Kantianism, and the ‘particularist’, represented by Clifford Geertz's anthropology, but that Kantian constructivism marginalizes significant ‘anthropological’ particularities, and must therefore be incorporated into the hermeneutical perspective that Charles Taylor develops from the...

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