A Pnyx of Research Fields. Multidisciplinarity about Sortition and Democracy

Authors

BELLÓN AGUILERA José Luis

Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Politeia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Web Vol. 16 No. 3(60) (2019): Philologies and the Construction of an Open Society: Possibilities, Goals, Challenges
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.12797/Politeja.16.2019.60.01
Keywords multidisciplinarity; research; sortition; democracy
Description This article conveys the objectives and results of an international and multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary research project still in operation, until the end of 2018. Based in the University of Cádiz (Spain), this project deals with ancient, modern and contemporary discussions, representations and narratives of Democracy, focusing on the contrast and comparison between a democratic system based on sortition, namely broadly speaking selection by lot to public offices and representative democracy. The article discusses the relevance of the investigation, the applicability of the results and the real effects of the actionresearch part. It also argues that paradoxically scientific autonomy is indispensable if that kind of research seeks to achieve tangible impact in society and its political fields. In short, this article asks about the inevitable fragility of the interaction between ethics, political commitment, and investigative objectiveness in humanities and social sciences.