The article analyses an aspect of the philosophy of Sergio Cotta, in order to verify its possible applications to contemporary challenges of pluralistic societies. In particular, the essay focuses on the character of universality, which Cotta indicates as an essential feature of legal relationships, versus the inevitable particularity of political relationships. The essay also asks whether this universality is compatible with the cultural pluralism and super-diversity of Western societies. The article argues that Cotta’s thought is still helpful for understanding current problems; beside this, Cotta’s thought can be fruitfully developed in directions that, although compatible with his thinking, he would not have recognized as such, and it has not developed.
Cotta, pluralism, law and politics, universality, order.