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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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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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The Meaning of ‘Post-Secular’

The Meaning of ‘Post-Secular’

The website of Normative Orders has made available some videos from Frankfurt Cluster of Excellence’s lecture series on Post-Secularism, including Charles Taylor’s lecture, ‘The Meaning of Post-Secular’, delivered on 15 June 2011, at the University of Frankfurt.

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Philippe Portier on Habermas’ Post-Secular Turn

The Journal Society has published Philippe Portier’s paper, Religion and Democracy in the Thought of Jürgen Habermas . An excerpt: As for the legal realm, the State, according to Habermas, should not preclude relationships with communities of faith, as is the case under the position of “absolute secularism.” Habermas would like the separation to work “in the German way,” meaning in ...

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New Paper on “Arab Exceptionalism”

Bo Rothstein and Rasmus Broms have posted Why No Democracy in the Arab Muslim-World? The Importance of Temple Financing  at SSRN. The abstract: The absence of a single democracy in the Arab-Muslim world has become a “striking anomaly” for scholars of democratization. The lack of democratization in this part of the world cannot be seen as caused religion as such ...

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New Paper on Political Liberalism and Religion

The Journal of Political Philosophy has published Cécile Laborde’s Political Liberalism and Religion: On Separation and Establishment (Gated). Here is the abstract: The question of the proper place of religion in the liberal state has gained increasing prominence in Rawlsian political philosophy. In A Theory of Justice, Rawls posited that religious liberty was the most basic of the basic liberties ...

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Dietrich Jung on Arab Spring

New issue of Insight Turkey (July-September 2011), has an article by Dietrich Jung on Arab Spring, entitled: Unrest in the Arab World: Four Questions [PDF] Here is the abstract: This essay addresses four questions that the “Arab spring” has raised with respect to academic scholarship and policy advice. Why did scholars fail to predict the recent developments? Should we throw ...

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Etienne Balibar on ‘Secularism and Cosmopolitanism’

Etienne Balibar has an interesting article in French at Raison Publique, entitled Sécularisme et Cosmopolitisme: Héritages, controverses, perspectives. An excerpt: Non seulement je ne pense pas qu’on puisse isoler l’un de l’autre le sécularisme et le cosmopolitisme, en tant que concepts politiques, mais les discussions véhémentes auxquelles ils donnent lieu me persuadent plus que jamais de la nécessité qu’il y ...

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Abdou Filali-Ansary on Secularism

Abdou Filali-Ansary: “Over the course of the 20th century, when certain Muslim authors decided to translate the word ‘secularism’ into Arabic or other languages which have Arabic roots, such as Persian or Turkish, they opted for a term taken from verse of the Qur’an entitled Al-Muminun (‘the believers’). A verse which, in my view, has not been afforded the attention ...

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Special Issue of ‘Perspectives’, May 2011: “People’s Power – The Arab World in Revolt”

Perspectives, a print and online publication from Heinrich Böll Foundation, affiliated with the German Green Party, has just published a special issue on the democratic uprisings in the Arab world. Here is the description: The self-immolation of young and jobless Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi in the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid, being deprived of his vegetable stand and humiliated by the ...

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