February 10, 2011

Secularism, Religious Thought, and Human Rights

Zachary R. Calo, Valparaiso University School of Law, has published Religion, Human Rights and Post-Secular Legal Theory. Here is the abstract.
This paper proposes that the fundamental challenge for religious legal theory is the question of the secular and, in particular, a certain mode of secular reason that has shaped the idea of law within modernity. The fundamental ambition of modern legal thought was to sever law from a connection to a sacred cosmic and intellectual order. The idea of human rights, at least in its regnant expression, embodies this project most fully in that it has increasingly been defined as a moral tradition that stands over and against religion. This paper, by contrast, argues that the destabilization of secular meaning creates the space, and indeed the necessity, for a pluralist theological turn within the idea of human rights.
Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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