Politicians appearing in pulpits, courting evangelical voters and using language with religious resonances have all become familiar parts of the quadrennial ritual in which America elects a president. The election of 2016 promises to be no different. Is the prominent role that religion plays in American electoral politics something to be celebrated, tolerated or lamented? This is a question that takes us from politics to political philosophy. The lecture will explore some answers.
This event is part of our Science, Religion, and Democracy series.
PAUL WEITHMAN received his doctorate in Philosophy from Harvard University, where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of John Rawls and Judith Shklar. He is now Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he directs the Honors Program and the Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His most recent book is Why Political Liberalism? On John Rawls's Political Turn, which won the David and Elaine Spitz Prize given to the best book on liberal democratic theory published in 2010.