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Religion and Democratization in the Context of the Arab Spring

Religion and Democratization in the Context of the Arab Spring

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tOwL8Vc2w0&w=530&h=330]   This is a symposium organized by Islam in the West Program and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, on November 10, 2011. Speakers Murat Borovali, Istanbul Bilgi University Islam and Democratization in Turkey Jocelyne Cesari, Harvard University State-Islam Relations and the Consequences for Democratization: Examples from Iraq and Egypt Robert Hefner, Boston University Shari’a Politics and ...

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The Weimar Moment

The Weimar Moment

The Weimar Moment: Liberalism, Political Theology, and Law Edited by Leonard V. Kaplan and Rudy Koshar (both University of Wisconsin-Madison) Lexington Books – December 16, 2011 548 pages This collection of essays is based on a 2008 interdisciplinary conference of the same title at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Early drafts of some chapters are available here. Description: The ...

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Peter Gordon on Habermas on Religion

Peter Gordon (Harvard) reviews Jürgen Habermas’s recent writings on religion in a long piece at The New Republic, entitled What Hope Remains? Excerpt: What is most striking in Habermas’s recent writings on religion is that he seems more than willing to meet the conservative critics of secularization half way. He disagrees with the philosopher Hans Blumenberg, the author of a monumental ...

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Robert Talisse on ‘Faith in Democracy’

Robert Talisse on ‘Faith in Democracy’

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR6C1fqlJII&w=530&h=330]   This is a lecture given by Robert Talisse on December 7, 2011 at Vanderbilt University. He examines arguments from religious and secular political philosophers on the proper role of religious conviction in a democratic society, and proposes a moral argument for keeping religious and civic obligations separate.

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Religion without God

Religion without God

Professor Ronald Dworkin (NYU), whose 80th birthday is honored today, gives three Einstein Lectures in Bern on 12-14 December 2011, exploring ‘Religion without God’. He has presented a condensed draft of his lectures at NYU Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy (direct link here). Assuming that like justice, religion is an interpretive concept, he argues, in the first lecture, ...

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Global Democracy

Global Democracy

Cambridge University Press has published a new collection of essays on global democracy and cosmopolitanism: Global Democracy: Normative and Empirical Perspectives Edited by Daniele Archibugi (Italian National Research Council), Mathias Koenig-Archibugi (LSE), Raffaele Marchetti (LUISS University) Publication date: 27 Oct, 2011 Introduction: Mapping global democracy (PDF) Description:

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Some Recent Papers

– Leslie Green (Oxford) has presented A Democratic Constitution: The Basics (PDF) at UCL political theory seminar. He argues that there are three tasks that any constitution must fulfil if it is to be democratic: “(a) The constitution must constitute the people. (b) The constitution must empower the people. (c) The constitution must protect popular power. These can be realized in ...

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Habermas and Anamnestic Reason

Just after having watched Habermas’ lecture at Georgetown University, I came across an insightful article on Habermas’ position on religious contents in current issue (Fall 2011) of the Interpretation Journal, entitled Habermas between Athens and Jerusalem: Public Reason and Atheistic Theology (pp.243-259), by Miguel Vatter. He is Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile and an expert on ...

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Seyla Benhabib’s New Book on Human Rights

Seyla Benhabib’s New Book on Human Rights

A new book by Seyla Benhabib (Yale) on human rights and cosmopolitanism has been released: Dignity in Adversity: Human Rights in Troubled Times Polity (Sep 30, 2011) 288 pages Book description: The language of human rights has become the public vocabulary of our contemporary world. Ironically, as the political influence of human rights has grown, their philosophical justification has become ...

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