Pancasila and the Struggle for a Moral Grammar

Alexander Seran


This paper attempts to clarify the nature of law, specifically the distinction between individuals who implement laws within an existing social system and those who struggle to change the system. In particular, it challenges the possibility of emancipation through social transformation. This paper will suggest that the Indonesian concept of Pancasila – promoted by its former president Soekarno – fulfills this function of morality grounding the validity of laws. It represents the ethical life of the people uniting them into a nation. But it can be extended to international relations as well and serve as validating principles in implementing international laws in economic, social, and political co-operation. This paper will explore Pancasila in connection to the approaches of Habermas and Honneth. It will also
contrast this approach with that of Huntington.

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