updated 2003 05 01

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

Symposium / Colloque  

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
and with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
grâce à une subvention
du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada

 May 31 - June 1 // 2003 // 31 mai au 1 juin  
Dalhousie University / Université Dalhousie 
Halifax, Nova Scotia // Nouvelle Ecosse, Canada

For information on accommodation, click here or ici
For information on the programme of the Canadian Philosophical Association, which meets nearby, click here

For general information on the Congress, click here.

Pour des informations générales sur le congrès, cliquetez ici.

Tentative programme:

Saturday/samedi May 31 mai 
Life Sciences Centre (LSC) 334
9 am – 12.30
Dimanche/Sunday1 juin/ June 1
Life Sciences Centre (LSC) 332
9.30 am – 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 Schneck (Political Science) Catholic University of America
“Religion and Political Right: Augustine contra Maritain”
Miguel Rumayor (Philosophy) Universidad Panamericana, Mexico
"Training for Democracy through the Education of the Will according to Jacques Maritain"
Kim Parker (Religious Studies) Memorial University of Newfoundland
“Inalienable Rights, the Creator, and the Genesis of John Locke's Liberalism

Leslie Armour (Philosophy) Dominican College
“God & Democracy”

Chris Callaway (Philosophy),
Saint Louis University
“Public Deliberation and the Ideals of Liberal Citizenship”

Louis Perron (Theology) Saint Paul University
“Sécularisation, démocratie, et eschatologie du politique"


2 pm – 5.30 pm
/ 14h – 17.30h
2 pm – 5 pm / 14h – 17h

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)

Forough Jahanbakhsh (Religious Studies) Queen's University
“Islam and Democracy: A New Paradigm of Compatibility

David Lea (Philosophy), American University of Sharjah (UAE)/University of Papua New Guinea
“The Ideals of Democracy: Are they Appropriate Goals for Developing States?”

S. Paneerselvam (Philosophy) University of Madras
"Democracy and Secularism in Indian Context"

Marcela Cristi (Sociology), Wilfrid Laurier University
"Manifest Destiny Reaffirmed: George W. Bush and the New World Order"

Priyadarshi Shukla (Harvard Divinity School)
"Religion and Its Discontent: The Dialectic of Globalization"

J-F. Malherbe (Faculté de théologie, d’éthique et de philosophie) / Université de Sherbrooke
"Contribution de l'éthique appliquée à la démocratie"

William James (Religious Studies) Queen’s University
“Morley Callaghan’s Christian Personalist Politics”

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: wsweet@stfx.ca