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Monday, March 4 • 13:15 - 14:15
#4/425 – Conceptions of self and community in social ethics: What place for religion?

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Taking up the conference theme, “Empowering the Individual, Nurturing the Community”’, the paper analyses different approaches to the relationship between individuality and sociality and their consequences for their views of religion. Noting recent changes in religion and in the public sphere, it compares three social philosophical and ethical traditions: the contract approach focused on individuals; the virtue approach embedded in communities; and a participatory approach which seeks to combine a morality based on inner freedom with structures of solidarity.

  • Maureen Junker-Kenny

Maureen Junker-Kenny is Professor in Theology and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. Her publications include Religion and Public Reason: A Comparison of the Positions of J. Rawls, J. Habermas and P. Ricoeur (De Gruyter, 2014); Approaches to Theological Ethics. Sources, Traditions, Visions ( Bloomsbury, 2019); co-ed. (with K. Viertbauer), European Journal of Philosophy of Religion, Special Issue 2019, “Habermas on Religion”. Research interests: Religion and public reason, J. Habermas, P. Ricoeur, F. Schleiermacher and theology in Modernity, biomedical ethics.

Language: English


Maureen Junker-Kenny

Trinity College Dublin

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