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Jeremy Waldron on “the Paradox of Tolerance”

Jeremy Waldron on “the Paradox of Tolerance”

Jeremy Waldron has posted a new paper titled Toleration: Is There a Paradox? on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Philosophers (Bernard Williams, for example) often talk of a paradox of toleration. They say that we can only be said to tolerate that which is acknowledged to be bad or wrong; but, they continue, if something is acknowledged to be bad ...

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Leslie Green on Freedom, Autonomy, and Authenticity

Leslie Green on Freedom, Autonomy, and Authenticity

Professor Leslie Green has posted What is Freedom for? on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Two conceptions of the value of political freedom are popular. According to one, freedom serves autonomy, creating one’s own path through life. According to the other, freedom serves authenticity, keeping faith with an identity one did not choose. This paper bridges the gap between these ...

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The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy

The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy Edited by Gerald Gaus and Fred D’Agostino. Published 27th November 2012, by Routledge. 1050 pages. Description: The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy is a comprehensive, definitive reference work, providing an up-to-date survey of the field, charting its history and key figures and movements, and addressing enduring questions as well as ...

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Conference: ‘John Rawls: Past, Present, Future’

Conference: ‘John Rawls: Past, Present, Future’

To mark the tenth anniversary of John Rawls passing away (November 24, 2002), The Global Justice Program at Yale University, led by Thomas Pogge, hosts a full-day meeting tomorrow, November 30, 2012. The organizing committee invited papers from young scholars below 37. For the conference program and the accepted papers, available for download, see here.

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Veit Bader’s Critique of Post-secularism

Veit Bader’s Critique of Post-secularism

The current issue of Erasmus law Review has published articles on religion and secularism, originated in a conference on ‘Religion in the 21st Century’ at the Erasmus School of Law, in September 2011. Veit Bader’s interesting article in this issue is titled Post-Secularism or Liberal-Democratic Constitutionalism? [PDF] Veit Bader is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Professor Emeritus of Social and ...

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Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights

Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights

Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights Edited by Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks and Andrew K. Woods. Published by Oxford University Press. Oct 2012. Description: In Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights, editors Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks, and Andrew K. Woods bring together a stellar group of contributors from across the social sciences to apply a broad yet conceptually unified array ...

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Joseph Raz on Reason to Keep Promises

Joseph Raz on Reason to Keep Promises

Professor Joseph Raz has posted Is There a Reason to Keep Promises? at SSRN. Here is the abstract: If promises are binding there must be a reason to do as one promised. The paper is motivated by belief that there is a difficulty in explaining what that reason is. It arises because the reasons that promising creates are content-independent. Similar ...

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Why Tolerate Religion?

Why Tolerate Religion?

Princeton University Press has released Brian Leiter’s provocative essay, Why Tolerate Religion?. The text incorporates—”with significant revisions to the account of religion”—material from two earlier articles he published on this subject: “Why Tolerate Religion?” in Constitutional Commentary 25 (2008), and “Foundations of Religious Liberty: Toleration or Respect“, in San Diego Law Review 47 (2010). Brian Leiter is the Karl N. ...

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Habermas Revisits ‘Linguistification of the Sacred’

Habermas Revisits ‘Linguistification of the Sacred’

In a much discussed chapter of the second volume of Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns (1981), Jürgen Habermas presented a theory of linguistic transformation of the binding authority of the sacred. His account there was generally considered as a radical formulation of secularization theory. In Habermas’s recent writings on religion since 2001, the ‘linguistification of the sacred’ seems to have been ...

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Jürgen Habermas on Religion in the Liberal State

Jürgen Habermas on Religion in the Liberal State

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) has published a printed version of Jürgen Habermas’s lecture at Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation in Munich on July 19, 2012: Wie viel Religion verträgt der liberale Staat? On the role of religion in a liberal state with an unsecularized civil society he says: Aber die Säkularisierung der Staatsgewalt bedeutet nicht schon eine Säkularisierung der ...

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