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Religious Voices in Public Places$
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Nigel Biggar and Linda Hogan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566624.001.0001

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Religious Education and Democratic Character

Religious Education and Democratic Character

(p.194) 8 Religious Education and Democratic Character
Religious Voices in Public Places

Paul Weithman (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter attempts to identify the grounds of reservations that theorists of democratic education have about religious schools. It argues that those reservations arise from commitment to a certain conception of democracy, here called ‘strong deliberativism’. It then locates the grounds of the reservations in the requirements of a ‘deliberatively democratic character’, the set of dispositions good citizens must have if they are to govern themselves well on the basis of democratic deliberation. The chapter argues that some of the requirements of strong deliberativism are misconceived, and that religious schools can contribute to education for democracy.

Keywords:   democratic education, public reason, religious schools, strong deliberativism, education for democracy

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