This coming Wednesday the 6th of May I’m flying up to Auckland for a week. I’ll be staying with my friends Matt and Mads from the M and M blog.
According to a number of influential thinkers, it is wrong for citizens to support policies because of their religious convictions because this would make those policies unjustified in a liberal democracy. Is this true?
Dr Peoples argues that the rules used to exclude such policies are simply not workable or reasonable. He explains that more sensible and fair models of public justification do in fact permit us to promote policies that we hold on the basis of our religious convictions. However, when the architects of these improved models realise that they have now opened the door to religious participation in public life, they change the rules, shifting the goalpost and inventing special exceptions in order to maintain that those with religious convictions should keep them out of the public square.
Location: Lecture Room 2, Laidlaw College, 80 Central Park Drive, Henderson, West Auckland
Time: 7:30pm, Tuesday the 12th of May
On a related note – Episode 27 , the second part in my podcast series on philosophy of mind, isn’t finished yet. I’m going to have to put it on hold until I get back.