God and the Taming of Wicked Problems: Some Philosophically Required Frames in Policy Design
Angelicum Periodicum, Vol. 85, pp. 815-831, 2008
Posted: 23 Jul 2008
Date Written: July, 23 2008
In this paper I explore what are universally required frames for any serious public reasons advocate, whether one works in the realm of policy debates or in the field of legal debates. Such universally required frames should help persons analyzing and designing policies resolve some wicked problems in policy discussions where they arise. While such universally required frames do not always settle the debates, they do go someway in taming their "wicked-ness" by resolving some controversies that would still remain intractable were it not for the universally required frame. I demonstrate these "tamings" in two current wicked problems: firstly, in the case of Richard Dawkins and science education, and secondly, in the case of David Richards and the criminalization of homosexual acts. Central to the universally required policy frame is the idea that a religious world-view in which God exists needs to be supposed.
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