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  1. Introduction
  2. The imperative of active citizen
  3. The commitment as a standard
  4. Type of logical commitment
  5. The commitment, in the name of a dynamic values?
  6. The reasons for engagement are both social and individual
  7. Conclusion

The notion of commitment is inseparable from the founding ideology of democracy. To grasp this, it is necessary how Habermas explains the basic idea of democracy is the free participation of all citizens in public affairs. This principle is a legitimate control of political authority to the individual which was back in the eighteenth century with the creation of a public space. Also the commitment defines itself initially as citizen participation in the conduct of public affairs.

It is primarily a political standard. In a broader sense, commitment involves taking responsibility, a choice that can be applied to several areas. Commitment is indeed a pledge, to be bound by a contract, a promise, an obligation to an idea, a person or a value. The commitment then implies an anchorage in the irreversible and responsibility in the sense that it forced to assume a choice which one claims responsibility. The commitment can be understood in the sense of conduct or act of decision. Conduct if it refers to a way of life in and through which the individual is involved in the course of the world. Decision to act if it means an act by which the individual binds to the future with procedures, expectations, hopes to accomplish.

[...] The commitment is indeed first presented under a normative aspect. A. The imperative of active citizen 1. Founding Principles The idea that citizens have a right to examine the conduct of public affairs back to the origins of democracy, that is to say, the Athenian democracy. The basis of the system is indeed popular sovereignty represented at the Ecclesia, the main body of the plan. These principles are reused in the eighteenth century. Again democracy is defined by people's participation in public affairs. [...]


[...] Commitment: Why are we committed? Introduction The notion of commitment is inseparable from the founding ideology of democracy. To grasp this, it is necessary how Habermas explains the basic idea of democracy is the free participation of all citizens in public affairs. This principle is a legitimate control of political authority to the individual which was back in the eighteenth century with the creation of a public space. Also the commitment defines itself initially as citizen participation in the conduct of public affairs. [...]


[...] Mobile on the grounds, to a purpose of commitment The commitment of a Malraux or Sartre explains seen by reasons that are both social and political. It is justified because of a context and according to its own system of representation to the individual. But it could also, in the reflection on the causes of the commitment, taking into consideration the fact that the idea of commitment is correlative to the idea of action. The same logic of commitment leads to action to the collective. [...]


[...] According to him, individuals have no incentive to join even if they have a common interest. The logic of collective action differs from that of a individual action. According to Olson can not remember as an explanatory factor of collective action cumulative models where the community of interest is sufficient to produce a common action. This is where the paradox of collective action. If there is collective action, it is not for the common good that can cause the common struggle but only for the individual interest. [...]


[...] Type of logical commitment 1. The theories of collective behavior Idealistic models that defined engagement as a civic duty, theories of collective behavior explain the commitment from a theory of collective behavior that places a vital role to collective psychology. Developed in the late nineteenth century these theories are based on the natural sciences and develop an explanatory logic would be that of contagion. According to the leading theorists of the behaviorist theory (Taine, Le Bon Tarde), a sense of mutual contagion drives the participants and the reason for their involvement is to be found in the psychology of individuals, taking into account their personal frustration. [...]

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