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The Trouble of Thinking About Religion and Law: Reading Winnifred Fallers Sullivan.

First published September 13 2013 at: http://blogg.uio.no/prosjekter/plurel/content/the-trouble-of-thinking-about-religion-and-law There are few contemporary legal scholars who offer more profound and incisive analysis of the relationship between law and religion in the USA and elsewhere than Professor Winnifred Fallers Sullivan.  My own familiarity with Sullivan’s work came via the anthropological scholar Talal Asad, whose work on the vexed […]

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Free speech and its others…again

It was not by making yourself heard, but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). And so then, the inevitable blog post on this month’s heinous terrorist attacks on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, […]

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Public sphere theories revisited

The following is excerpted from my forthcoming monograph (2015). Michael Warner has referred to the “endlessly repeated discovery that public politics does not in fact conform to the idealized self-understanding which makes it work.” Jürgen Habermas’ The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere which was first published in German in 1962 has been central to […]

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