Course: Democracy and Secularization

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Course title Democracy and Secularization
Course code KPF/0927
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šimsa Martin, PhDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1) What does it mean democracy? Short history of the concept 2) What does it mean secularization? Short history of the concept 3) Secularization - Max Weber 4) Secularization - Böckenförde 5) Secularization, christianity nad democracy - Masaryk 6) Value free democracy - Schumpeter, Popper 7) Secularization and christianity - Bonhoeffer 8) Secularizaton and human rights - Komárková 9) Desecularization - Occident and world, America and Europe (Berger, Davie, Casanova) 10) Rawls and secular democracy 11) Secular, liberal democracy and pragmatism (Talisse) 12) Post-secular democracy (Habermas) 13) Summary and determination of the relation of democracy, secular state and secularization

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Reading and interpretation of classical and contemporary texts concerning the problem of secular state and democracy, secularization, enlightment and modernity. The enquiry of the question, whether and how the crisis of liberal democracy connects with the crisis of secularization.
The understanding of the concept of democracy, secular state and secularization The capability of their interpretation and implementation into the broader philosophical and social context.
1. None 2. Basic knowledge of English language

Assessment methods and criteria
Reading of minimal 2 texts to the topic of seminar and a paper or a seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Berger, P. L. The Desecularization of the World. Resurgent Religion and World Politics. Washington, D.C., 1999. ISBN 978-0-8028-4691-4.
  • Bonhoeffer, D. Na cestě k svobodě: Listy z vězení (Widerstand und Ergebung). Praha: Vyšehrad, 1991. ISBN 80-7021-081-8.
  • Calhoun, C., Mendieta, E., VanAntwerpen, J. Habermas and Religion. Cambridge: Polity, 2013. ISBN 978-0-7456-5327-3.
  • Casanova, J. Public Religions in the Modern World. The University of Chicago, 1994. ISBN 0-226-09535-5.
  • Habermas, J. Between Naturalism and Religion. Polity, 2008. ISBN 978-0745638256.
  • Habermas, J. Budoucnost lidské přirozenosti. Na cestě k liberální eugenice?. Praha: Filosofia, 2003. ISBN 80-7007-174-5.
  • Habermas, J., Ratzinger, J. Dialektik der Säkularisierung: Über Vernunft und Religion. Herder, 2005. ISBN 978-3451288692.
  • Hanuš, J. (ed.). Vznik státu jako proces sekularizace. Diskuse nad studií Ernsta-Wolfganga Böckenfördeho. Brno: CDK, 2006. ISBN 80-7325-089-6.
  • Komárková, B. Sekularizovaný svět a evangelium. Brno: Doplněk, 1992. ISBN 80-901102-9-0.
  • M. Weber. Metodologie, sociologie a politika. Praha, 1998.
  • Martin, D. Religion and Power. No Logos without Mythos. Surrey: Ashgate, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4724-3359-6.
  • M.Weber. Sociologie náboženství. Praha, 1998.

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