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Challenging the Teaching of Global Ethical Unity: Religious Ethical Claims as Democratic Iterations within Sustainability Didactics

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Olof Franck
Publicerad i Programme International Society for the Sociology of Religion/Socité International de Sociologie des Religions (ISSR): Religion, Cooperation and Conflict in Diverse Societies, Lausanne 4th - 7th of July 2017
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för didaktik och pedagogisk profession
Språk en
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Ämnesord ethics, sustainability education, religious ethical claims, democratic iterations
Ämneskategorier Religionsvetenskap, Etik, Didaktik


The aim of this presentation is to highlight the role of religiously motivated ethics within the field of sustainability didactics. The idea that religion, by proposing claims for knowledge of absolute authorities such as ‘divine beings or supernatural dimensions’, offers capacity for uniting various ethical life-views and positions, is made the object of critical reflections. An alternative position is outlined: religious claims of this kind rather have to be interpreted as democratic iterations, paving the way for constructive agonistic communication inside, as well as outside, classrooms where RE and ethics education are carried out with reference to various dimensions of social sustainability. Such teaching contexts may be apprehended as ‘democratic communities’ where religious justifications for ethical positions that refer to absolute divine or supernatural authorities, could be seen as constructively challenging the borders for mutually respectful communication, and therefore as being important to highlight within ethics education on sustainability. Religious claims for ethical positions can, considered as democratic iterations, be thought to pave the way for a communication of the kind mentioned in pluralistic contexts, and they ought to be highlighted within ethics teaching on sustainability. References to absolute ‘divine’ or ‘supernatural’ authorities may contribute to the development of ethical re-thinking and to dynamic discussions, inspiring and nurturing to all those engaged in the communicative process.

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