Pluralism, Lifeworlds, Civic Virtues and Civil Charters

Iain T. Benson "Pluralism, Lifeworlds, Civic Virtues and Civil Charters" in Pieter Coertzen, M. Christian Green and Len Hansen (eds), Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa (Stellenbosch: Sun Media, 2016) pp. 287-306

24 Pages Posted: 10 May 2018  

Iain T. Benson

University of Notre Dame Australia; University of the Free State - Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law

Date Written: April 25, 2018

Abstract

This book chapter (17) in Pieter Coertzen, M. Christian Green and Len Hansen (eds), Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa, pp. 287-306 deals with the language of "values", its difference from the tradition of "virtues" and deals with the implications in changes in Western education in relation to Jurgen Habermas' conception of "life-world's" and "systems". In particular, the associational dimension of religious life is viewed in relation to its fostering of moral tradition and moral languages and the implications for law, as "system" to unduly pressure associations to conform to abstractions that in fact "colonize" and "parasitize" religious communities. The South African Charter of Religious Rights and Freedoms (2010) is referred to as a as an example of strong civil society action in relation to constitutional development and its subsidiarity dimensions endorsed as a model for other legal initiatives. Suggestions for more appropriate languages and approaches are given.

Keywords: Habermas, life-worlds, systems, values, virtues, moral language, role of law, South African Charter of Religious Rights and Freedoms

Suggested Citation

Benson, Iain, Pluralism, Lifeworlds, Civic Virtues and Civil Charters (April 25, 2018). Iain T. Benson "Pluralism, Lifeworlds, Civic Virtues and Civil Charters" in Pieter Coertzen, M. Christian Green and Len Hansen (eds), Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa (Stellenbosch: Sun Media, 2016) pp. 287-306 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3168945

Iain Benson (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame Australia ( email )

29 Shepard Street
Chippendale, Sydney 2008
Australia

University of the Free State - Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law ( email )

Bloemfontein
South Africa

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