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Religious Voices in Public Places$
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Nigel Biggar and Linda Hogan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566624.001.0001

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Religion and Public Reason in the Global Politics of Human Rights

Religion and Public Reason in the Global Politics of Human Rights

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(p.216) 9 Religion and Public Reason in the Global Politics of Human Rights
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Linda Hogan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566624.003.0010

This chapter transposes the debate about the role of public reason onto the international plane, suggesting that since matters of basic justice and constitutional essentials are increasingly determined at a global level, the question of how agreement on such matters should be sought must also be considered in global terms. It argues that public reason is not sufficient to this task, suggesting that a global conversation must be pursued in a manner that recognises the manifold commitments that individuals and communities have. It further suggests that recent developments in human rights discourse means that it may be capable of generating a variegated and nuanced consensus on matters of basic justice and constitutional essentials in the global public square, and as such is worth supporting.

Keywords:   global politics, public reason, human rights, justice, constitutional essentials

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