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Religion and the 2016 Presidential Election


April 14, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanites Center

Lecture by Paul Weithman (Notre Dame). Co-sponsored by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, the Department of Religious Studies, the Patrick Suppes Center for History and Philosophy of Science, and the Stanford Humanities Center. Part of a series on Science, Religion, and Democracy. For a complete listing of events in the series, click here.

Politicians appearing in pulpits, courting evangelical voters and using language with religious resonances have all become familiar parts of the quadrennial ritual in which America elects a president.  The election of 2016 promises to be no different.  Is the prominent role that religion plays in American electoral politics something to be celebrated, tolerated or lamented?  This is a question that takes us from politics to political philosophy. The lecture will explore some answers.

Paul Weithman received his doctorate in Philosophy from Harvard University, where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of John Rawls and Judith Shklar.  He is now Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he directs the Honors Program and the Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.  His most recent book is Why Political Liberalism?  On John Rawls’s Political Turn, which won the David and Elaine Spitz Prize given to the best book on liberal democratic theory published in 2010.