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    In this article we focus on female genital mutilation. We analyse this problem as one of the most important issues of multiculturalism, which is also coming to the attention of the public in Italy as a consequence of the growing number of immigrants from African countries. The fundamental problem is about the acceptability of this practice: can female genital mutilation be permitted and, if so, on what basis? We will try to cope with this as a genuine conflict between culture-relative values and…Read more
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    The place of unreasonable people beyond Rawls
    European Journal of Political Theory 12 (3): 253-270. 2013.
    In this article I look for an alternative way in which ‘unreasonable’ people may be included in a liberal society. Differing from Rawls, whose reasonable hope is for unreasonable people gradually to adhere to liberal institutions so that, over time, an overlapping consensus is reached, I propose the alternative way of them supporting these institutions as a special modus vivendi, which does not require them to renounce their non-reasonableness. First I detail the Rawlsian notion of reasonablenes…Read more
  •  29
    The Value of Nurses' Codes: European nurses' views
    with Win Tadd, Angela Clarke, Llynos Lloyd, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Camilla Strandell, Chryssoula Lemonidou, Konstantinos Petsios, Gaia Barazzetti, Stefania Radaelli, Zbigniew Zalewski, Anna Bialecka, Arie van der Arend, and Regien Heymans
    Nursing Ethics 13 (4): 376-393. 2006.
    Nurses are responsible for the well-being and quality of life of many people, and therefore must meet high standards of technical and ethical competence. The most common form of ethical guidance is a code of ethics/professional practice; however, little research on how codes are viewed or used in practice has been undertaken. This study, carried out in six European countries, explored nurses’ opinions of the content and function of codes and their use in nursing practice. A total of 49 focus gro…Read more
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    Contextualistic Critiques of the Principle-Based Approach to Bioethics
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (2): 187-198. 2003.
    Among the main assumptions of the well-known principle-based method in bioethics, the ideal of consensus assumes central importance. Indeed, by proposing this method, Beauchamp and Childress offer a base for a practical agreement that can be reached starting from different moral perspectives: they defend the universality of the principles shared by the common-morality theories. The ideal of consensus based on the universal acceptability of the principles is criticized by a large number of author…Read more
  •  7
    Autonomy, Responsibility and the Italian Code of Deontology for Nurses
    with Gaia Barazzetti and Stefania Radaelli
    Nursing Ethics 14 (1): 83-98. 2007.
    This article is a first assessment of the Italian Code of deontology for nurses (revised in 1999) on the basis of data collected from focus groups with nurses taking part in the Ethical Codes in Nursing (ECN) project. We illustrate the professional context in which the Code was introduced and explain why the 1999 revision was necessary in the light of changes affecting the Italian nursing profession. The most remarkable findings concern professional autonomy and responsibility, and how the Code …Read more
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    A ‘Religious’ Reading of Rawls’s Works. Paul Weithman’s Rawls, Political Liberalism and Reasonable Faith
    Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche. forthcoming.
  • My contribution aims at drawing a new way of inclusion in the citizenry as alternative to the Rawlsian overlapping consensus. This way should be able to include the so called ‘unreasonable’ in the public debate. These people are ‘unreasonable’ as they do not share public values but firmly hold a traditional set of values often conflicting with the public ones. My point is that a stable modus vivendi represents a more realistic device of inclusion. If the inclusion via overlapping consensus requi…Read more
  • Migranti climatici. Una nuova categoria di migranti?
    with Francesca Pongiglione
    Società Degli Individui 61 74-88. 2018.