Professor Jürgen Habermas: Interview on Modernity, Communicative Reason and the Holbergprisens

The Holberg Prize Laureate 2005, Professor Jürgen Habermas In this rare interview, Professor Jürgen Habermas speaks about the philosophical role of religious traditions in secular modernity and the prestigious awarding of the 2005 Holbergprisens (The Holberg Prize). In the interview, Professor Habermas argues that modern society depends on not only the perpetuation of new technologies but also on the critique and the subjective reinterpretation of its built-in religious and moral traditions that give secular society its meaningful political and social orientations. “Society is not only depending on technologies and their knowledge which… Read More

Justice Michel Bastarache L.L.D., On Language Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache L.L.D. Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, January 24, 2013 At the 2013 Robson Hall speakers series, former Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache spoke about the role the judiciary in the legal development of language rights in Canada. In his presentation, Justice Bastarache explained the history of language rights in the Canadian legal system, its place in the context of Canadian multiculturalism and ethnic nationalism, and its role in Canadian federalism and the “asymmetrical organization” of the Constitutional divisions of power.  Click… Read More

The Damaging Effects of Discrimination Conference 2014

The Damaging Effects of Discrimination: Presented by Dalhousie’s Multifaith Centre Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia The purpose for the Damaging Effects of Discrimination Conference was to expand our awareness of discrimination in our cities and how to address this problem in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. The discussions provided an opportunity to think about discrimination in the context of the growing importance of community and its changing daily expectations by our expanding awareness of racial, lingual and religious plurality in our societies. The question as a philosopher became for me one of addressing discrimination in… Read More

Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience

What’s wrong with Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience?   Online Text of Civil Disobedience In the essay Civil Disobedience (1849), Thoreau argues that an unjust government or a law to a degree that it makes one an agent of its injustice should be disobeyed; even if it should be the results of democratic will of the majority. In the following summary entry of this classical essay, I seek to just simply outline the major passages that support Thoreau’s main argument and then very briefly critically analyze it in context of multicultural societies. Click here for the… Read More