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“Religious Diversity – A Challenge to Political Philosophy & Democratic Politics”

Nov. 10, 2011
7 p.m. Lecture
Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center

Dr. Robert Audi
John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame

Robert Audi is eminently qualified to address the theme for the 2011-12 Killeen Chair lecture series: “Religious Pluralism in America.” Dr. Audi earned his B.A. in philosophy and English from Colgate University, his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan as well. An internationally known scholar, Dr. Audi is the author of more than fifteen books, including Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State; Rationality and Religious Commitment; Religious Commitment and Secular Reason; and, with Nicholas Wolterstorff, Religion in the Public Square. Professor Audi has lectured throughout the world, and has been a visiting scholar at a number of prestigious institutions such as the University of Cologne, King’s College of the University of London, Oriel College at Oxford and the Brady Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Northwestern University.

In his lecture, Dr. Audi will distinguish different kinds and degrees of religious diversity, describe the problems that raises for philosophy and philosophical theology and propose ethical standards to guide both governments and individuals in dealing with religious diversity as an enduring cultural phenomenon. Among the questions Professor Audi will address are: What constitutes a religion in the first place? Must a religion be rational to deserve protection? Must government not only protect religious liberty, but also promote religious pluralism?

You may search the Mulva Library catalog for a selection of books available by Robert Audi. Books are also available to purchase after the lecture and at the St. Norbert College bookstore.