Dados is one of the most widely-read social sciences journals in Latin America. Created in 1966, it publishes innovative works, originating from academic research, by Brazilian and foreign authors. Edited by IESP-UERJ, it aims to reconcile scientific rigor and academic excellence with an emphasis on public debate based on the analysis of substantive issues of society and politics.
ABSTRACT To which extent does the Brazilian legal fit into the Western tradition or, at least, in the individualist Western tradition represented in the classic texts, mainly political philosophy texts? To which extent are we not the Other in the West? This article argues that this issue remains obscured by a characteristic of the social system lying within public institutions, namely a fissure between two languages that are conceived as distinct and opposed. Thus, on one side, there are normative instruments and the institutional discourse, on the other one, backstage maneuverings and, among them, reciprocity. This article defends that rupture is the logically preceding phenomenon and that the daily practice of politics can be understood as a form of dialogue.
Keywords: language, identity, tradition, law, politicsTradition, Law, and Politics