Religious Studies | Religion, Justice and Culture
R672 | 3752 | Miller


R672 Religion, Justice and Culture (3 Cr.) T 4:00-6:00 BH 011 (section
3752)  (Miller) Authorization from the department required.

This course addresses considerations of religious commitment and cultural
identity in recent debates about
social justice and public philosophy.  We will examine these issues in
light of liberal and communitarian
theories of justice, and will then turn to arguments from modern Judaism
and Christianity that echo,
challenge, or amend those theories.  We will close by examining feminist
and multicultural contributions to
recent debates about the social justice.  Among other topics, we will
examine questions of civic virtue and
social responsibility, theories of agency and culture, the place of
religion in public discourse, and the
challenge of tolerating intolerant groups in democratic society.  Meets
with AMST G620.

Provisional reading list
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice; Political Liberalism
John Rawls, "The Idea of Public Reason Revisited," Univ. of Chicago Law
Review
Michael Sandel, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice & selected articles
Martin Buber, I and Thou
Reinhold Niebuhr, The Nature and Destiny of Man, Vol. 1, and selected
articles
H. Richard Niebuhr, The Responsible Self
U.S. Catholic Bishops, Economic Justice For All
Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality
Charles Taylor, Multiculturalism and "The Politics of Recognition"
Gustavo Gutierrez, A Theology of Liberation
Susan Moller Okin, Justice, Gender, and the Family
Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority
Rights