Church and Democracy in Postmodernity: between Principles and History

6 ECTs / Semester / Português

-To promote students' critical and hermeneutical sensitivity to the hybrid and opaque nature of the entire discourse on the relationship between Church and democracy, which involves different cognitive devices, namely informative tools for the historical-philological reconstruction of factual data; genealogical proposals for organizing the information collected in explanatory hypotheses and models; normative categories involved in the construction of the subject of disciplinary areas such as studies of religion and the theory of democracy.
- To gain an overview of the critical debate on liberal democracy in the past 50 years, highlighting how its growing focus on the pre-political foundations of the rule of law and the role of religion has led to the emergence of a new 'post-secular' paradigm of liberal democracy.
- To identify some terms (religious freedom, secularism, secularization) and figures (WE Böckenförde, Ch. Taylor, J. Rawls, J. Habermas) central to this process of critical redefinition of liberal democracy about religion (in the deconstruction of the sociological and philosophical device of secularization)
- To gain awareness of the risks inherent in a fundamentalist and populist, anti-democratic interpretation of the post-secular paradigm, and promote the reflection on lines of both critical and constructive contribution by Christian communities to the revitalization and promotion of liberal democracy.



Professor Auxiliar Convidado
Nascida em Arezzo (Itália), no dia 26 de março de 1959, casada com três filhos, de nacionalidade italiana. Em 1983 diplomou-se na Faculdade de Letras da…