dr. E. (Enzo) Rossi


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: B10.05
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15578
    1001 NB  Amsterdam
  • E.Rossi@uva.nl
    T: 0205254904

I'm an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Theory, and the principal investigator of the Dutch National Science Organisation-funded Vidi project 'Legitimacy Beyond Consent' (2016-2021). My PhD is in philosophy, from the University of St Andrews. My main focus is the relation between the descriptive and the normative study of society. More specifically, I'm interested in (i) methodological issues in political theory, e.g. realism vs moralism and, relatedly but separately, ideal vs non-ideal theory; (ii) the historical development of liberalism; (iii) the legitimacy and justification of political authority; (iv) the accommodation of  diversity; (v) the intersection between those issues. Those interests are combined in my current project of developing a realist critical theory of legitimacy

Journal Articles (in English)

  • 'Stanley on Ideology, or How To De-moralise Democracy', Global Discourse, forthcoming 2017 [Book symposium review essay, to be published with a reply by Jason Stanley].
  • 'The EU's Democratic Deficit in a Realist Key: Multilateral Governance, Popular Sovereignty, and Critical Responsiveness', Transnational Legal Theory, forthcoming 2017 (with Jan Pieter Beetz).
  • ‘Political Realism as Ideology Critique’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 20.3 (2017): 334-348 (with Janosch Prinz).
  • 'Facts, Principles, and (Real) Politics', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 19.2 (2016): 505-520.
  • 'Can Realism Move Beyond a Methodenstreit?', Political Theory, 44.3 (2016): 410-420 [review article].
  • 'Political Norms and Moral Values', Journal of Philosophical Research, 40.4 (2015): 455-458 (with Rob Jubb). Published with a reply by Eva Erman and Niklas Möller ('Why Political Realists Should Not Be Afraid of Moral Values'), and a rejoinder by Jubb and Rossi ('Why Moralists Should Be Afraid of Political Values').
  • 'Realism in Normative Political Theory', Philosophy Compass 9/10 (2014): 689-701 (with Matt Sleat).
  • ‘Legitimacy, Democracy and Public Justification: Rawls' Political Liberalism vs Gaus' Justificatory Liberalism’, Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy 20.1 (2014): 9-25.
  • 'Legitimacy and Consensus in Rawls' Political Liberalism, Iride: Filosofia e discussione pubblica 27.1 (2014): 37-56. 
  • ‘Pluralism Slippery Slopes and Democratic Public Discourse’, Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 137 (2013): 29-47 (With Maria Paola Ferretti).
  • 'Pluralism, Preferences and Deliberation: A Critique of Sen's Constructive Argument for Democracy', Journal of Social Philosophy 44.2 (2013): 129-145 (with Carlo Argenton).
  • ‘Compromise, Consensus, Justice and Legitimacy’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 16.4 (2013): 557-572.
  • ‘Can Tolerance Be Grounded in Equal Respect?’, European Journal of Political Theory 12.3 (2013): 240-252. Portuguese translation forthcoming in Fundamento: Revista de Pesquisa em Filosofia (Brasil).
  • ‘Justice, Legitimacy, and (Normative) Authority for Political Realists’ Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15.2(2012): 149-164.
  • ‘Modus Vivendi, Consensus, and (Realist) Liberal Legitimacy’, Public Reason 2.2 (2010): 21-39.
  • ‘Reality and Imagination in Political Theory and Practice: On Raymond Geuss’s Realism’, European Journal of Political Theory,9.4(2010): 204-12 [Review article].
  • ‘Liberalism, Modernity, and Communal Being’, Imprints: Egalitarian Theory and Practice, 10.3 (2010): 257-64 [Review article].
  • ‘The Exemption That Confirms the Rule: Reflections on Proceduralism and the UK Hybrid Embryos Controversy’, Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy 15.3 (2009): 237-50.
  • ‘Liberal Democracy and the Challenge of Ethical Diversity’, Human Affairs: Postdisciplinary Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 18.1 (2008): 10-22.

Edited Books

  • Justice, Legitimacy, and Diversity: Political Authority Between Realism and Moralism (with Emanuela Ceva). London: Routledge, 2012. Contributors: Emanuela Ceva, Gerald F. Gaus, John Horton, Sebastiano Maffettone, Simon Cabulea May, Glen Newey, Valeria Ottonelli, Enzo Rossi.
  • Oltre le culture. Valori e contesti della comunicazione interculturale (with Emanuele Bardone). (Como and Pavia: Ibis, 2004). Contributors: Ian Carter, Maria Paola Ferretti, John Horton, Will Kymlicka, Lorenzo Magnani, Vincenzo Matera, Paolo Ramat, Mario Ricciardi, Salvatore Veca.

Book Chapters and Other Publications (Selection)

  • 'Understanding Religion, Governing Religion: A Realist Perspective', in C. Laborde & A. Bardon, eds,  Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • 'Contested Identities and Spatial Marginalisation: The Case of Gypsy-Travellers in Wales' (With F. Chiesa), in S. Moroni & D. Weberman, eds, Space and Pluralism (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2016).
  • 'Reinforcements to the Rescue', Times Higher Education 24.5.2012 [invited review].
  • ‘La persistenza della modernità’, in S. Barbagallo (ed.), La condizione transmoderna (Rome: Aracne, 2010).
  • ‘Usi e abusi del piano inclinato in circostanze di pluralismo’ (With M.P. Ferretti), Notizie di Politeia 25.95(2009): 57-71.
  • The entries ‘Freedom of Speech’ and ‘Natural Law’ in The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy (A.C. Grayling, N. Goulder and A. Pyle, eds). London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2006.

 

2017

  • Rossi, E. (2017). Understanding Religion, Governing Religion: A Realist Perspective. In C. Laborde, & A. Bardon (Eds.), Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy Oxford Universtiy Press.
  • Beetz, J. P., & Rossi, E. (2017). The EU's Democratic Deficit in a Realist Key: Multilateral Governance, Popular Sovereignty, and Critical Responsiveness. Transnational Legal Theory, 8(1), 22-41. DOI: 10.1080/20414005.2017.1307316 , 10.1080/20414005.2017.1307316  [details] 
  • Prinz, J., & Rossi, E. (2017). Political realism as ideology critique. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 20(3), 348-365. DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2017.1293908  [details] 

2016

  • Rossi, E. (2016). Can realism move beyond a Methodenstreit? [Review of: M. Freeden (2013) The political theory of political thinking: the anatomy of a practice; M. Sleat (2013) Liberal realism: a realist theory of liberal politics]. Political Theory, 44(3), 410-420. DOI: 10.1177/0090591715621507  [details] 
  • Rossi, E. (2016). Facts, principles, and (real) politics. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 19(2), 505-520. DOI: 10.1007/s10677-015-9647-8  [details] 
  • Chiesa, F., & Rossi, E. (2016). Contested Identities and Spatial Marginalisation: The Case of Gypsy-Travellers in Wales. In S. Moroni, & D. Weberman (Eds.), Space and Pluralism . Budapest: Central European University Press.

2015

2014

2013

  • Rossi, E. (2013). Can Tolerance Be Grounded in Equal Respect? European Journal of Political Theory, 12(3), 240-252.
  • Rossi, E. (2013). Compromise, Consensus, Justice and Legitimacy. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 557-572.
  • Argenton, C., & Rossi, E. (2013). Pluralism, Preferences and Deliberation: A Critique of Sen’s Constructive Argument for Democracy. Journal of Social Philosophy, 44(2), 129-145.
  • Ferretti, M. P., & Rossi, E. (2013). Pluralism Slippery Slopes and Democratic Public Discourse. Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 2013(137), 29-47.

2012

  • Rossi, E. (2012). Justice, Legitimacy, and (Normative) Authority for Political Realists. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 15(2), 149-164.

2010

  • Rossi, E. (2010). Modus Vivendi, Consensus, and (Realist) Liberal Legitimacy. Public Reason, 2(2), 21-39.

2009

  • Rossi, E. (2009). The Exemption That Confirms the Rule: Reflections on Proceduralism and the UK Hybrid Embryos Controversy. Res Publica, 15(3), 237-250.
  • Ferretti, M. P., & Rossi, E. (2009). Usi e abusi del piano inclinato in circostanze di pluralismo. Notizie di Politeia, 25(95), 57-71.

2008

  • Rossi, E. (2008). Liberal Democracy and the Challenge of Ethical Diversity. Human Affairs: Postdisciplinary Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 18(1), 10-22.

2016

  • Rossi, E., Sleat, M., & Jubb, R. (2016). A Year in the Life of the European Journal of Political Theory. European Journal of Political Theory, 15(4), 375-376.

2017

  • Rossi, E. (2017). Stanley on Ideology, or How To De-moralise Democracy: Review of "How propaganda works, by Jason Stanley". Global Discourse.

2016

  • Rossi, E. (2016). Морализм и утопия в политической философии. Gefter (гeφтeр).
  • Rossi, E. (2016). Review of Raymond Geuss, Reality and Its Dreams (Princeton University Press 2016). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

2010

  • Rossi, E. (2010). Liberalism, Modernity, and Communal Being. Imprints: Egalitarian Theory and Practice, 10(3), 257-264 .

Scientific position

  • Rossi, E. (2014): co-editor European Journal of Political Theory, Sage.

Media appearance

  • Rossi, Enzo (06-03-2017): News analysis: Dutch election barometer for high-stake elections in Europe [Web] China - Europe. News analysis: Dutch election barometer for high-stake elections in Europe.
  • Rossi, Enzo (24-04-2015): Interview on Russia Today [Print]. Interview on Russia Today.
  • Rossi, Enzo (17-04-2015): På kanten. Interview door Hanne Østli Jakobsen [Print] Morgenbladet. På kanten. Interview door Hanne Østli Jakobsen.
  • Rossi, Enzo (27-03-2015): Generasjon lydig på barrikadene. Interview door: Hanne Østli Jakobsen en Sonia Mangiapane [Print] Morgenbladet. Generasjon lydig på barrikadene. Interview door: Hanne Østli Jakobsen en Sonia Mangiapane.
  • Rossi, Enzo (20-03-2015): Interview on Russia Today [Print]. Interview on Russia Today.
  • Rossi, Enzo (06-03-2015): Aggiornamenti dall'università di Amsterdam occupata. Interview door: Radio Black Out [Radio]. Aggiornamenti dall'università di Amsterdam occupata. Interview door: Radio Black Out.
  • Rossi, Enzo (01-01-2015): Maagdenhuis eviction. Interview door: 31Mag.nl [Print]. Maagdenhuis eviction. Interview door: 31Mag.nl.

Journal editor

  • Rossi, Enzo (reviewer) (2014-): European Journal of Political Theory (Journal).

Talk / presentation

  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (18-11-2016): Being Realistic and Demanding the Impossible, Political realism and practical morality conference, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (18-11-2016): Being Realistic and Demanding the Impossible, Political realism and practical morality conference, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (7-11-2016): Libertarianism, Capitalism, Ideology: A Reality Check, Brussels School of International Studies.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (13-6-2016): Libertarianism, Capitalism, Ideology: A Reality Check, ‘Beyond Contractarianism?’ Ohio State University Philosophy Annual Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (1-6-2016): 'Being Realistic and Demanding the Impossible', University of Reading.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (23-5-2016): Being Realistic and Demanding the Impossible, University of Antwerp.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (14-4-2016): Being Realistic and Demanding the Impossible, University of Milan.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (29-2-2016): Commentary on Hindriks on ideology, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (29-1-2016): Justice and Legitimacy in the Emergent European Polity, Exploring Structures of Justification and Proportionality in Contemporary Constitutional Law, Amsterdam.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (25-1-2016): Libertarianism, Capitalism, Ideology: A Reality Check, Contemporary European Law Seminar Series, Amsterdam.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (27-10-2015): Ypi and White on Partisanship, The Meaning of Partisanship Workshop, University of Oslo.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (15-10-2015): Libertarianism, Capitalism, Ideology: A Reality-Check, SciencesPo Political Theory Seminar Series, Paris.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (10-9-2015): Commentary on Gaus on Public Reason, Leiden University College, Leiden.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (27-8-2015): Facts, Principles, and Politics, Facts and Norms Workshop, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (24-8-2015): Commentary on Sagar on Legitimacy, Political Realisms Workshop, UCL, London.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (15-8-2015): Debate with Martin van Hees on Capitalism, Vitamine Z Festival, Amsterdam.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (8-7-2015): Pluralism, Realism, and Legitimacy, Modus Vivendi Conference, University of Münster, Münster.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (11-6-2015): Understanding Religion, Governing Religion, Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy Conference, University College London, London.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (22-4-2015): What Is the Common Good?, Political Arts Initiative, West Gallery, The Hague.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (11-4-2015): Being Realistic and Demanding the Impossible, Festival of Sciences and Humanities, De Nieuwe Universiteit Amsterdam, Maagdenhuis Amsterdam.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (9-1-2015): On Being Realistic and Demanding the Impossible, What is Realism? Workshop, Yale-NUS, Singapore.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (24-11-2014): Pluralism, Realism, and Legitimacy, Conference, Democracy, Identity and European Integration Conference, University of Rjeka, Rijeka, Croatia.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (12-11-2014): Facts, Principle, and Politics, Invited lecture at Political Theory Seminar Series, University of Manchester, Manchester.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (10-11-2014): Facts, Principles, and Politics, Invited lecture at Philosophy Department Seminar Series, Aarhus University, Aarhus.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (15-10-2014): Should Consent Matter for Legitimacy?, Invited lecture, Philosophy & Public Affairs Seminar Series, University of Amsterdam Philosophy Department, Amsterdam.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (25-9-2014): Should Consent Matter for Legitimacy?, Invited lecture at Political Philosophy Seminar Series, Leiden University, Leiden.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (2-7-2014): Political Realism, Invited lecture at Masterclass for PhD Students, University College London, London.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (12-6-2014): Libertarianism and Capitalism: A Reality Check, Invited lecture, Workshop on Robert Nozick, Politicologenetmaal, Maastricht University, Maastricht.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (7-4-2014): On Prehistoric Myths in Political Philosophy, Invited lecture at Faculty Research Workshop, Georgetown University in Qatar, Qatar.
  • Rossi, E. (invited speaker) (26-3-2014): Libertarianism and Capitalism: A Reality Check, Invited lecture at Philosophy Department Seminar Series, Tilburg University, Tilburg.

Others

  • Rossi, E. (visiting researcher) (1-2017 - 6-2017): UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (visiting an external academic institution).
  • Rossi, E. (organiser) (2015): Co-organiser annual conference of the Association for Social and Political Philosophy, University of Amsterdam Law School (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Rossi, E. (participant) & Langvatn, S.A. (participant) (8-9-2014 - 10-9-2014): Organized workhop at MANCEPT Conference, University of Manchester, Manchester (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Rossi, E. (participant) (3-5-2014): Organized symposium at Senate House, University of London, London (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Rossi, E. (other) (2012): Member of the executive committee, Association for Social and Political Philosophy, Association for Social and Political Philosophy (other).
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