Professor Charles Taylor, “Is Democracy in danger?”

At University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, November, 2012 In a public lecture entitled Is Democracy in danger?, eminent Canadian Philosopher Charles Taylor spoke of democracy as amongst the key civilizational human accomplishments yet one that is also recurrently remade and refashioned across the ages. While we have codified and embedded it into our constitutional, legal and cultural practices in Canada, Professor Taylor spoke of the contemporary sense we still feel of falling back on its ideals. For Professor Taylor, democratic societies require not only shared and acceptable procedures to… Read More

Dr. Amartya Sen at the 2013 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence

Click here for the video of the lecture. At the 2013 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence, Dr. Amartya Sen spoke on the importance of reasoned disagreement in the creation of shared conception(s) of justice. He noted that to understand the role of reasoned disagreement, it is important in fact to understand that reasoned agreement in theories of justice, as notably outlined by Lord Hewart in 1923 and “legendary” Harvard Professor John Rawls and his work in Theories of Justice, seek not mere agreement, neither instrumental nor functional, but the fostering of the conditions… Read More

Dr. Amartya Sen on Constitutional Interpretation, Language and Human Rights

Dr. Amartya Sen on Constitutional Interpretation, Language and Human Rights Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law At the 2011 Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law, Professor Amartya Sen presented a short paper on the philosophy of language and the evolution of interpreting constitutional and human rights provisions over time. Professor Sen argued that the act of constitutional interpretation itself must confront the particular philosophical language problems of interpreting the collection of words of which a constitution is explicitly constitutive, thus casting doubts over the Originalism of Robert Bork and the… Read More