[Blueboard] Congratulations to Dr. Ranilo Hermida!

Remmon Barbaza rbarbaza at ateneo.edu
Mon Dec 15 10:51:46 PHT 2014

The School of Humanities
proudly congratulates

Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy

for the release of his book:

A Habermasian Assessment of the Philippine Experiment

Published by State University of New York Press, Albany, 2014

This book is a pioneering study of Philippine democracy, one of the oldest
in the Asian region, vis-à-vis Habermasian critical theory. Proceeding from
a concise examination of the theory of law and democracy found in
Habermas’s *Between Facts and Norms*, Ranilo Balaguer Hermida explains how
the law occupies the central role in both the legitimation of political
power and the attainment of social integration. He then discusses how
Habermas proposes to resolve the tension that exists in modern society
between democratic norms and social facts, through the adoption of a
lawmaking procedure whereby the informal sources of issues and opinions
from the public sphere are allowed to develop and interact with the formal
deliberations and decision processes inside the political system. He also
explores certain provisions of the present Philippine Constitution that
were expressly intended to restore democratic institutions and processes
destroyed by decades of martial law, as well as the problems and hindrances
that stand in the way of their full implementation.


“*Imagining Modern Democracy *presents a clear and convincing application
of philosophical theory to practical politics. Hermida, using Habermas’s
theoretical reflections on law and democracy, provides a basis for
understanding democratic practice in the Philippines. The book is essential
reading for those interested in both Habermas’s work and its implications
for emerging constitutional democracies.” — David M. Rasmussen,
Editor-in-Chief, *Philosophy and Social Criticism*

Dr. Hermida's book was released in New York on the 3rd of December 2015.


Congratulations, Rany!

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