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New Issue of Dædalus Explores the Intersection of Democracy & Religion


CAMBRIDGE, MA — How far should religious liberty extend in democratic societies? What role should religion play in the conduct of citizens? The most prominent tensions are institutional: the relations that do or should exist between “church” and state. But ethics and political theory also extend to standards appropriate to the conduct of individual citizens, and how they should understand the role of religious convictions—especially their own—in civic affairs.

The Summer 2020 issue of Dædalus, “Religion & Democracy,” guest-edited by Robert Audi (Academy Member; University of Notre Dame), features thirteen essays—by political theorists, moral philosophers, and legal scholars—that take on the challenge of outlining standards that balance respect for both religion and democracy, and provide for their mutual flourishing. The volume addresses both institutional questions and the ethics of citizenship as bearing on how individuals, religious or not, may best regard their role in the political system in which they live.

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The Summer 2020 issue of Dædalus on “Religion & Democracy” features the following essays:

  • Religion & Democracy: Interactions, Tensions, Possibilities
    Robert Audi (Academy Member; University of Notre Dame)
  • Democracy & Religion: Some Variations & Hard Questions
    Kent Greenawalt (Academy Member; Columbia University)
  • Democracy, Religion & Public Reason
    Samuel Freeman (Academy Member; University of Pennsylvania)
  • Liberalism & Deferential Treatment
    Paul Weithman (University of Notre Dame)
  • The Ironies of the New Religious Liberty Litigation
    Cathleen Kaveny (Boston College)
  • The Perils of Politicized Religion
    David E. Campbell (University of Notre Dame)
  • Are Organizations’ Religious Exemptions Democratically Defensible?
    Stephanie Collins (Australian Catholic University)
  • Secular Reasons for Confessional Religious Education in Public Schools
    Winfried Löffler (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Conscience, Truth & Action
    Lorenzo Zucca (King’s College London)
  • Do Human Rights Have a Secular, Individualistic & Anti-Islamic Bias?
    T. Jeremy Gunn (International University of Rabat, Morocco)
  • Judaism, Pluralism & Public Reason
    Jonathan A. Jacobs (City University of New York)
  • Religion & Transitional Justice
    Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Patriotism & Moral Theology
    John E. Hare (Yale Divinity School)