Promotie: mw. A. Schuster, 16.15 uur, Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
Proefschrift: Public reason and religious arguments
Promotor(s): prof.dr. R. Boomkens
Contact: Anke Schuster, e-mail: email@example.com
Public reason and religious arguments
Can religious arguments legitimately be used in public discourse? In recent years, philosophical discussions of this question have focused on the concept of public reason, which is a normative concept in liberal democratic theory, specifying which arguments should and should not be used in public discourse. It is often taken to exclude religious arguments. In her dissertation, Anke Schuster takes issue with theories of public reason and the far-reaching degree of self-restraint they expect citizens and office-holders to exercise. Her argument aims to show that religious arguments should be given much more space in public discourse than many proponents of public reason are prepared to grant.
Schuster argues that even those proponents of public reason who in their theories seek to avoid placing undue demands on religious believers, do impose considerable restrictions on the use of religious arguments. The argument on which such restrictions are based, the argument from coercion, is, she suggests, convincing only in the case of office-holders but not in the case of citizens. Schuster therefore proposes to distinguish between citizens and office-holders when considering self-restraint. Citizens should be (morally) free to use religious arguments, whereas office-holders should be expected to exercise self-restraint with respect to religious arguments. Members of Parliament of religious parties should, though, be exempt from this requirement because of their duty to represent religious citizens. Contrary to popular belief, most religious parties do not conflict with principles of liberal democracy, and those that do should be tolerated.
De lockdown in maart 2020 was voor iedereen in Nederland moeilijk, maar zeker ook voor nieuwkomers: zij hadden 50% minder contacten dan daarvoor. Het gevolg is dat ze zich eenzamer voelen en hun integratie in de samenleving op dit moment bijna...
Seven University of Groningen (UG) Bachelor’s degree programmes have been awarded the ‘Top Degree Programme’ quality label by the Dutch Higher Education Guide for Universities (Keuzegids) 2021, placing them among the top in Dutch academic education...
Hoe kunnen we op een efficiënte manier bioplastic maken uit suiker, zodat de prijs vergelijkbaar wordt met die van plastic uit aardolie? Daar doen de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) en verschillende bedrijven en kennisinstellingen de komende drie...