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
Date Written: April 25, 2018
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
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