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GONZALEZ-ESCALLEN, Julián Daniel. LIBERAL CITIZENSHIP, PROJECT OF LIFE AND SELF-DETERMINATION: INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AS A PATH OR LIMIT TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF IDENTITY. Vniversitas [online]. 2017, n.135, pp.165-192. ISSN 0041-9060.  http://dx.doi.org/10.11144/javeriana.vj135.elpv.

This article is part of a doctoral research, in which I seek to locate the discussion on individual construction of identity in liberal societies, from the perspective of legal and moral philosophy. The document seeks to find within the debate on self-determination and the formulation of a life project, the key to the effectiveness or not of the liberal rights to protect these freedoms and make them enforceable. In this sense, the classical liberal approach is explored, in which access to elementary guarantees of self-determination maintain a neutrality parameter, insofar as the State guarantees that it does not impose on its part an idea of good life that obliges citizens to accepting a certain moral posture of what means good principles and good morals, but protecting the creation of collective or individual developments of various life goals. It is concluded that although there is a liberal tradition that seeks to enforce the guarantees of self-determination and formulation of life plan, this legal institution may not be sufficient to ensure that minority identities reach the full scope of the self-determination right.

Keywords : Self-determination; life plan; liberalism; identity; communi- tarianism; moral pluralism.

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