European Journal of Philosophy Annual Lecture 2005
Given by Jürgen Habermas
Religion in the Public Sphere
Date: 1 July 2005
Location: Beveridge Hall, ground floor of University of London Senate House, Malet Street
All are welcome to attend
Synopsis of the paper
The paper will address the debate that has arisen in the wake of John Rawls' political theory, in particular his concept of the "public use of reason". How does the constitutional separation of state and church influence the role which religious traditions, communities and organizations are allowed to play in the political public sphere and in the state in general, but above all in the political opinion and will formation of citizens themselves? Where should the dividing line be in the opinion of those who wish to challenge the view of these matters that has arisen since the Enlightenment?