Religious Education in liberal democracy: a reflection on Habermas' recent contributions and the implications for Colombia

Ravagli Cardona, Jorge Alexander (2020). Religious Education in liberal democracy: a reflection on Habermas' recent contributions and the implications for Colombia. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis engages with Jurgen Habermas' recent contributions on religion and liberal democracy as an analytical platform for the consideration of Religious Education (RE). Specifically, this work assesses the feasibility of this philosopher's formulation of the epistemic agreement between religious and secular citizens as a paradigm for the curricular and pedagogical formulation of this subject. This is followed by a comparison of Habermas' thought in these matters with recent formulations about toleration, liberal education and the philosophy of indoctrination, respectively. The theoretical convergences extracted from this exercise will highlight possibilities of an analytically non-indoctrinatory, weakly-perfectionist, liberal modality of RE that can address toleration's contemporary challenges concerning minorities' representation. This synthetical effort leads to a historical reconstruction of RE in Colombia, particularly in connection with its main juridical, sociological and pedagogical tendencies. The conclusions of this section – which highlight the morally conservative emphasis increasingly characterizing the subject in Colombian education - lays the grounds for the application of a thus envisaged Habermasian modality of RE to this country's educational system. The consequences of this implementation will finally result in the suggestions of reforms for the development of an unbiased, religiously pluralist and epistemically informed RE subject years 8, 9, 10 and 11 of Colombian secondary education.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: Other
Other Funders: The British Council, Minciencias Colombia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV1460 Religious Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum


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