Symposium / Colloque 

Philosophy, Religion, and Democracy / Philosophie, démocratie, religions

a symposium sponsored by Canadian Jacques Maritain Association  

un colloque international co-parainé par l'association canadienne Jacques Maritain 

in association with the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities 

en collaboration avec le Congrès des sciences sociales et humaines

May 31 - June 1 // 2003 // 31 mai au 1 juin

Dalhousie University / Université Dalhousie

Room / Locale

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Tentative programme:

Saturday/samedi May 31 mai  - 9 am – 12.30 Dimanche/Sunday1 juin/ June 1 – 9.30 – 12.30
Origins: Politics, religion, and democratic principles

Introduction to the Theme and Commentary:

Carla Ball (Dalhousie)

Roles of Religion in Contemporary Democratic Societies /  religion dans les sociétés démocratiques contemporaines

Introduction to the Theme and Commentary:
Introduction à la problématique et commentaire
Brian Jenkins (Dominican College)
Stephen Scheck (Political Science) Catholic University of America
“Religion and Political Right: Augustine contra Maritain”
Chris Callaway (Philosophy), Saint Louis University
“Public Deliberation and the Ideals of Citizenship”
Kim Parker (Religious Studies) Memorial University of Newfoundland
“The Theological Politics of John Locke”
J-F. Malherbe (Faculté de théologie, d’éthique et de philosophie) / Université de Sherbrooke
"Contribution de l'éthique appliquée à la démocratie"
Grant Havers (Political Science)
Trinity Western University, Vancouver
“The Politics of Double Truth: Leo Strauss and the Importance of Spinoza”
David Lea (Philosophy), American University of Sharjah (UAE)/University of Papua New Guinea
“The Ideals of Democracy: Are they Appropriate Goals for Developing States?”
Leslie Armour (Philosophy) Dominican College
“God & Democracy”
William James (Religious Studies) Queen’s University
“Morley Callahan’s Christian Personalist Politics”

2 pm – 5 pm
/ 14h – 17h
2 pm – 5.30 pm / 14h – 17h30

Democracy and Religious Traditions


Introduction to the Theme and Commentary:

William Sweet (St Francis Xavier)

Conflict, Cooperation, and the Future of Religion and Democracy / Conflit, coopération, et l’avenir de la religion et de la démocratie

Introduction to the Theme and Commentary / Introduction à la problématique et commentaire

Pedro Paulino (
Dominican College)

Abdulaziz Sachedina (Religious Studies) University of Virginia

“Pluralism without Secularism? The Muslim Paradigm of International Community”

Lavinia Stan (Political Science) Dalhousie University, Halifax

“Religion and Post Communist democratization: reviewing theoretical perspectives”
D.P. Chattopadhyaya (Philosophy) Jadavpur University, India

"Religion and Democratic Institutions"

Marcela Cristi (Sociology), Wilfrid Laurier University

“Civic Virtue and Civil Religion in the United States After September 11”

Tran Van Doan (Philosophy) National Taiwan University

“Pluralism and Incommensurability”

Louis Perron (Theology) Saint Paul University

Sécularisation, démocratie, et eschatologie du politique

Sunday, June 1, 17h - 19h  President's Reception 

Conference dinner : TBA

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For more information, please contact:

Professor William Sweet,
Department of Philosophy, St Francis Xavier University,
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5;
fax 902-867-3243; tel 902-867-2341; Internet: