Institute for Philosophy and Religion 2010–2011 Lecture Series

Toleration & Freedom in a Global Age

From head scarves to school prayer, the intersection of religion and politics raises important philosophical questions. How do American and European approaches to the issues of toleration and religious freedom compare? What are the best historical and contemporary arguments for toleration in an increasingly secular society? The institute’s annual lecture and conference series for 2010–11 will offer an interdisciplinary exploration of the relation between toleration and freedom in historical and contemporary perspective, culminating with a conference in Spring 2011 on specifically American approaches to the question of toleration. The institute will also play host in Spring 2011 to the annual Boston Area Symposium on the Philosophy of Religion.

“The Secular, Secularizations, and Secularisms”

José Casanova, Department of Sociology, Georgetown University

Wednesday, September 15, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue First Floor
Respondent: Adam Seligman, Institute for Culture, Religion & World Affairs Boston University
This event co-sponsored by Boston University’s Institute for Philosophy & Religion and Institute for Culture, Religion & World Affairs
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“Hobbes and Locke on Toleration”

Susanne Sreedhar, Department of Philosophy, Boston University

Wednesday, September 29, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue First Floor
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“Beyond Tolerance: Islam and Pluralism”

Tariq Ramadan, HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Oxford University

Wednesday, October 13, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Auditorium 765
Commonwealth Avenue
This event co-sponsored by Boston University’s Institute for Philosophy & Religion and Institute for Culture, Religion & World Affairs
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“Charitable Hatred? The Civil State and Liberty of Conscience in Early America”

David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History, Harvard Divinity School

Wednesday, October 20, 6 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue First Floor
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“Madison’s Politics of Religion Revisisted”

Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Wednesday, October 27, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
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“Tolerance Under Fire”

Ian Buruma, Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College

Wednesday, November 3, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Moderator: M. David Eckel, Department of Religion, Boston University
This event co-sponsored by the Distinguished Teaching Professor Fund of the Core Curriculum
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“From Augustine to Spinoza and Locke: Answering the Christian Case Against Religious Liberty”

Edwin Curley, James B. and Grace J. Nelson Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan

Wednesday, November 10, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
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“Tolerance Among the Virtues”

John Bowlin, Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Associate Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, Princeton Theological Seminary

Wednesday, December 1, 6 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
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“Toleration and Subscription: An Early Enlightenment Debate”

Knud Haakonssen, Professor of Intellectual History, Sussex Centre for Intellectual History, University of Sussex (UK)

Wednesday, December 8, 6 pm
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor

 

IPR Focal Conference: “Toleration and Freedom: The American Experience in Context”

Friday, March 25, 2011, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Boston University Photonics Center Colloquium Room
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Participants:

  • Abdullah Ahmed An-Na’im, Emory University School of Law
  • Noah Feldman, Harvard Law School
  • David Hall, Harvard Divinity School
  • David Hollinger, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
  • Benjamin Kaplan, Department of History, University College, London
  • Erik Owens, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College
  • Stuart Schwartz, Department of History, Yale University
  • Jay Wexler, Boston University School of Law

This event co-sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College

IPR Annual Boston Area Symposium on the Philosophy of Religion: Book Session with Mark Johnston, Author of Saving God: Religion After Idolatry

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 3–5 p.m.
Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room STH 525
Discussants:
Andrew Chignell (Cornell) and Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers) with a Response by Mark Johnston (Princeton)