Internet for the debate from the notions of rationality and liberty of Amartya Sen and Michel Foucault

  1. Maria Rosário Carvajal Munõz 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Cádiz, Spain
VIII International Conference of Sociology and Social Work

Publisher: Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação da Universidade de Coimbra

ISBN: 978-989-99775-7-0

Year of publication: 2019

Pages: 67-74

Type: Conference paper


Internet has a main prominence to organize our social and private lives. Since this context, it reflects on what margins leave Internet to exercise our rationality and liberty on within full rights citizen, sponsored by the best principles of ideal of the democratic model. Based on what it should be an ideal type of technology at the service of the democratic values, what would be to use Internet how a common well for the citizen. In this sense, this text contains some interpretations of what would be a common space on Internet; it would aim to strengthen a democracy circumscribed by the most basic principles of this political model. In order to do this reflection and analysis this text utilizes the notions of rationality and liberty of Amartya Sen and Michel Foucault, which work to contrast two democracy functionings, one is more deliberative, agrees with the idea of common well of Ostrom (2000), and democracy by Amartya Sen. The other one a democratic model with oligarchic touches, in a neoliberal economic context, more on a line of rationality linked to the power relationships, following Foucault. In both ways of democracy, from Sen and Foucault, it is significance the liberty how expression and critical behaviour of the individual. Liberty has a different meaning in each author.