Draft POLS451 Reading List

This is a tentative list of the required readings for my upcoming seminar on religion and politics, which will focus on the question of the relationship between religious toleration and public reason.

Week 1: Introduction 

Week 2: The Christian Debate

  • Joseph Lecler, Toleration and the Reformation (New York: Association Press, 1960).Volume1, Chapters 1-4 (Old Testament – Medieval).
  • Istvan Bejczy, “Tolerantia: A Medieval Concept,” Journal of the History of Ideas 58, no. 3 (1997): 365-84. 
  • Roland Bainton, “Sebastian Castellio and the Toleration Controversy of the 16th Century,” in Persecution and Liberty; Essays in Honor of George Lincoln Burr (New York: The Century Co, 1931).

Week 3: Locke

  • John Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration (Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackett Publishing Company, 1983). 
  • Jonas Proast, The Argument of the Letter Concerning Toleration, Briefly Consider’d and Answer’d (Oxford: George West and Henry Clements, 1690).
  • Jeremy Waldron, “Locke, Toleration and the Rationality of Persecution,” in Justifying Toleration: Conceptual and Historical Perspectives, ed. Susan Mendus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988). 

Week 4: Bayle

  • Pierre Bayle, A Philosophical Commentary on These Words of the Gospel, Luke 14:23, ‘Compel Them to Come in, That My House May be Full’ (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). (excerpts ).
  • Rainer Forst, “Pierre Bayle’s Reflexive Theory of Toleration,” in Toleration and Its Limits (New York, NY: New York University Press, 2008).

Week 5: Mill

  • John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (London: Penguin, 1859; reprint 1974). (1st three chapters)
  • Joseph Raz, “Autonomy, Toleration, and the Harm Principle,” in Justifying Toleration: Conceptual and Historical Perspectives, ed. Susan Mendus (1988).
  • Gerald F. Gaus, “State Neutrality and Controversial Values in on Liberty,” in On Liberty: A Critical Guide, ed. C.L. Ten (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Week 6: Political Liberalism

  • John Rawls, “Justice as Fairness: Political Not Metaphysical,” in Collected Papers, ed. Samuel Richard Freeman (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999).
  • Judith Shklar, “The Liberalism of Fear,” in Liberalism and the Moral Life (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989).
  • Charles Larmore, “Political Liberalism,” Political Theory 18 (1990): 339-60.

Week 7: Public Reason

  • John Rawls, Political Liberalism (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996): Introduction, excerpt, pp.xx-xxx; Introduction to the Paperback Edition, excerpt, pp.xxxvii-lvii; Lecture I, §1-2, pp. 3-15; Lecture II, §1-3, pp. 48-66; Lecture VI, all, pp.212-254.

Week 8: Truth (Oct.31)

  • Joseph Raz, “Facing Diversity: The Case of Epistemic Abstinence,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 19 (1990): 3-46.
  • David M. Estlund, “The Insularity of the Reasonable: Why Political Liberalism Must Admit the Truth,” Ethics 108 (1998): 252-75.

Week 9: Borderlines of Status

  • Kent Greenawalt, Religious Convictions and Political Choice (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988). Ch.6-8, pp.98-172
  • Judith Jarvis Thomson, “Abortion: Whose Right?,” Boston Review 20, no. 3 (1995). 
  • R. M. Dworkin, Life’s Dominion : An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom (New York: Knopf, 1993) (Chapters 1-3)

Week 10: Democracy and Deliberation (Nov.14)

  • Jeremy Waldron, “Religious Contributions in Public Deliberation,” San Diego Law Review 30 (1993): 817-48.
  • Richard Bellamy, Liberalism and Pluralism : Towards a Politics of Compromise (London ; New York: Routledge, 1999)., Ch.2, “Trimming Values” pp.42-66
  • Daniel M. Weinstock, “Saving Democracy From Deliberation,” in Canadian Political Philosophy : Contemporary Reflections, ed. Ronald Beiner, and Wayne Norman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Week 11: Redistribution (The Asymmetry Objection)

  • Simon Caney, “Liberal Legitimacy, Reasonable Disagreement and Justice,” in Pluralism and Liberal Neutrality, ed. Richard Bellamy, and Martin Hollis (Illford, Essex: Frank Cass Publishers, 1999).
  • Greenawalt, Religious Convictions and Political Choice., Chapter 9, 173-195
  • Quong, Jonathan. “Disagreement, Asymmetry, and Liberal Legitimacy.” Politics, Philosophy, Economics 4 (2005): 301-30.

Week 12: Islam and Political Liberalism 

  • Andrew March, “Liberal Citizenship and the Search for an Overlapping Consensus,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 34, no. 4 (2006): 373-421.
  • Mohammad Fadel, “The True, the Good and the Reasonable: The Theological and Ethical Roots of Public Reason in Islamic Law,” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 21, no. 1 (2008): 1-65.
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