World View: Religion, Atheism and Society

Course Code :1004CPGVKA
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Patrick Loobuyck
Fran├žois Levrau
Leni Franken

3. Course contents *

The general aim is to make students think about the place of religion/worldview and diversity in a (post)secular society and in the liberal constitutional state. The moral principles of political liberalism (J. Rawls, J. Habermas, M. Nussbaum) are explained and applied to specific issues.

Attention will first of all be paid to the evolutions of the religious landscape on a global and Western European level (secularization, depillarisation and diversity). Next, the way in which religion/worldview presents itself in the here and now is discussed and various church-state models are explained. The main emphasis is on understanding and applying political liberalism as the basis for living together in a democratic constitutional state. From that perspective, various themes will be examined in more detail that have to do with the place of religion/worldview in the public space: freedom of expression, state neutrality, 'headscarf ban', church financing, religious education, 'Euro-Islam' and the way in which religion/worldview and meaning of life relate to knowledge and science.