This seminar proposes to bring together college teachers in the humanities and social sciences to discuss the challenges of maintaining political liberty in a society in which the diversity of religious worldviews makes it difficult to point to a common morality. The seminar content can be divided into four areas of inquiry: philosophical, such as whether there exists a common morality that is neutral between religions or between religion and non-belief; historical, seeking to understand the transformation of America from a society shaped be a predominant Protestant morality into a society of widespread religious diversity and moral disagreement; social science, such as the way in which American culture can influence American religion; and legal, such as whether these transformations in religious experience have, or should, shape our understanding of the free exercise and establishment clauses of the 1st Amendment. This seminar will take place from June 2 until July 9 2009; participants receive a stipend of $4,400.
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