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Hans-Martien ten Napel publiceert boek "Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human"

In 2014 ontving Hans-Martien ten Napel een Research Fellowship in Legal Studies aan het Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ. Het boek dat hij schreef als uitvloeisel van dit fellowship is vorige week verschenen bij Routledge Law.

De beschrijving van het boek, getiteld Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human, luidt als volgt:

‘In both Europe and North America it can be argued that the associational and institutional dimensions of the right to freedom of religion or belief are increasingly coming under pressure. This book demonstrates why a more classical understanding of the idea of a liberal democracy can allow for greater respect for the right to freedom of religion or belief.

The book examines the major direction in which liberal democracy has developed over the last fifty years and contends that this is not the most legitimate type of liberal democracy for religiously divided societies. Drawing on theoretical developments in the field of transnational constitutionalism, Hans-Martien ten Napel argues that redirecting the concept and practice of liberal democracy toward the more classical notion of limited, constitutional government, with a considerable degree of autonomy for civil society organizations would allow greater religious pluralism. The book shows how, in a postsecular and multicultural context, modern sources of constitutionalism and democracy, supplemented by premodern, transcendental legitimation, continue to provide the best means of legitimating Western constitutional and political orders.’

Research Fellowship in Legal Studies Hans Martien ten Napel

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Over de achtergrond van het project voorts het navolgende interview met Hans-Martien ten Napel uit 2015