LUISS

Course Schedule

Week 1: Tuesday 16 January 2018 (h. 10:00-12:00)

Secularism, Secularization and Democracy

  1. Introduction to the course and explanation of the syllabus.
  2. From Secularization to religion’s resurgence: Fox 2013 (chapter 1).
  3. Secularism or Democracy: Bader 1999, Laborde 2013.

Non-compulsory readings:

  • Bader, V., (2007), Secularism or Democracy? Associational Governance of Religious Diversity, Amsterdam University Press, (chapter 3, Priority for Liberal Democracy or Secularism? Why I am not Secularist).
  • Norris P. and Inglehart, R., (2011) Sacred and Secular, (second edition) Cambridge University Press 2011 (Chapter 10, Secularization and Its Consequences)

Week 2: Tuesday 23 January 2018 (h. 10:00-12:30)

Religious Views, Pluralism and Liberal Democracy

  1. Religious Views and Doctrines: Fox 2013 (chapter 4)
  2. Religious pluralism in Rawls’s PL: the centrality of the idea of reasonability, Religions as reasonable comprehensive doctrines, Rawls’ theory of Liberal Pluralism. PL (introduction, Lecture 1 and 2)
  3. Political Pluralism, Reasonability, stability and Religious view: Bailey and Gentile 2015 (introduction and Chapter 5), Talisse 2013 (chapter 1), Krassnoff (1998)
  4. Beyond reasonability: Pluralist liberalism and Modus Vivendi Liberalism: Galston 1999, MacCabe 2010 (chapter 7)

Week 3: Tuesday 30 January 2018 (h. 10:00-12:30)

Religious Identities, Freedom of Conscience and Democratic Citizenship

  1. Religious Identities and democracy: Fox 2013 (chapter 3).
  2. Freedom of conscience and equality a juridical assessment: Eisgruber and Lawrence 2007 (Chapter 2, Chapter 3).
  3. Religious exemptions, Citizenship and Liberal Equality: Galeotti 1993, Jones 2015, Quong 2006, Seglow 2015
  4. Freedom of Conscience, Pluralism and Liberalism: Nusbaum 2012.

Non-compulsory readings:

  • Gutman, A., 2003, Identity in Democracy, Princeton University Press (chapter 4, Is religious Identity Special?)
  • Shorten, A. (2010), ‘Cultural Exemptions, Equality and Basic Interests’, in Ethnicities, 10(1): 100-26.
  • Swaine, L. (2003), ‘A liberalism of Conscience’, The Journal of Philosophy : Volume 11 (4): 369-391).

Week 4: Tuesday 6 February 2018 (h. 10:00-12:30)

Liberal democracy and the challenge of religious fundamentalism

  1. Religious Fundamentalism: Fox 2012 (chapter 8), Appleby 2011.
  2. Liberal respect and Fundamentalist citizens: Macedo 1995, Quong 2004, Kelly and McPherson 2001
  3. Violent Fundamentalism and liberal stability: Medina 2010, Griffin 2003.

Week 5: Monday 13 February 2018 (h. 16:00 – 18:30) 

From the inclusive view to the inclusion of religious reasons

  1. Rawls’s idea of public reason: PL (Lecture VI); Macedo 1998, Bailey & Gentile (Chapter 3).
  2. Rawls’ s ‘wide’ views and religious reasons: IPRR, Griffin 1997
  3. The idea of conjectures and comparative ethics: Bailey & Gentile (Chapter 6, Chapter 10).
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