1 Mar

Francis J. Beckwith on public reasoning

Category: Fresh Tracks
Published: 03/01/16

MHA uncut

Baylor University professor of legal philosophy, Francis J. Beckwith, joins us in this extended conversation to talk about his book Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge, 2015). Beckwith's book examines how religious claims and religiously motivated arguments are bracketed within public legal contexts due to the dictates of secular rationalism, which operate under the assumption that the only rational (and hence publically acceptable) claims are those that can be demonstrated with experimental proof or verifiable evidence. 

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Also included in this feature is an archive release of legal scholar Steven D. Smith discussing his book The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse (Harvard, 2010).


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