Simone Chambers

Simone Chambers, is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She is writing a book, Public Reason and Deliberation, which investigates the role of citizen deliberation in contemporary democratic theory. Her primary areas of scholarship include political philosophy, ethics, democratic theory and constitutional theory. She is the author of Reasonable Democracy: Jürgen Habermas and the Politics of Discourse (1996) and the co-editor of Deliberation, Democracy, and the Media (2000) and Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society (2001) as well as many journal articles.

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Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Do good philosophers make good citizens?

<p></p>Perhaps one might argue that Justice: Rights and Wrongs is not simply a contribution to a conversation among philosophers.  It is also a contribution to a public dialogue about human rights and thus a conversation among citizens.  Here one might argue that because human rights are the sorts of things that are instituted and enforced by governments, we need to approach the conversation from the point of view of what we could agree upon, and not from the point of view of establishing what we think is the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Taking religion seriously

What distinguishes Habermas from Rawls on religion in the public sphere is not Habermas’s slightly amended view of public reason, but his willingness to entertain the idea that religion has a positive and substantive role to play in public debate.

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