Democracy and Disagreement

Dr. Elizabeth Barre explores psychological, anthropological and philosophical accounts of disagreement and considers our ethical commitments and how to organize our collective lives with respect for the diverse perspectives that characterize democracies. DAY AND EVENING

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If the 2016 United States presidential election taught us anything, it is that there may be no limit to the degree of disagreement possible within a democracy. As diversity of perspectives is a hallmark of democracy, such disagreement is both natural and understandable. Yet how we respond to these divisions can have significant implications for the stability of public order, civil society and even our personal relationships. Elizabeth Barre, Ph.D., helps you consider your obligations as a citizen in the midst of deep disagreement. By exploring various psychological, anthropological and philosophical accounts of disagreement, you may better understand your own ethical commitments, the commitments of those who disagree with you and what these disagreements mean for how we should organize our collective lives together. The course will include lectures and discussion. It also offers insights on conducting effective, respectful disagreement but will not focus on in-class practice of these skills.

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1647.S18.2 Elizabeth Barre On-campus 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018
GHUM1647.S18.1 Elizabeth Barre On-campus 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018

Instructor: Elizabeth Barre

Elizabeth Barre, Ph.D., is the assistant director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and an affiliate professor in the Department of Religion at Rice University. Trained as a comparative ethicist, her research uses contemporary Western political philosophy to engage Catholic and Muslim arguments about legal tolerance within morally and religiously diverse societies. She has taught versions of this course to Rice undergraduates and to the community at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Feb. 27, 2018

End Date: Apr. 03, 2018

Schedule: 10-11:30 a.m.

Length: Six Tuesdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by Feb. 13

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

SECTION: GHUM1647.S18.1
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Barre
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 7-8:30 p.m.
START DATE: March 01, 2018

Instructor: Elizabeth Barre

Elizabeth Barre, Ph.D., is the assistant director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and an affiliate professor in the Department of Religion at Rice University. Trained as a comparative ethicist, her research uses contemporary Western political philosophy to engage Catholic and Muslim arguments about legal tolerance within morally and religiously diverse societies. She has taught versions of this course to Rice undergraduates and to the community at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: March 01, 2018

End Date: Apr. 05, 2018

Schedule: 7-8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Thursdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by Feb. 15

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

+ Natural theories of disagreement (philosophical, biological and psychological)

+ Cultural theories of disagreement (anthropological and sociological)

+ Disagreement, truth and ethical relativism

+ Disagreement and democracy (political theories to resolve and respond to ethical disagreements in public life)

+ Disagreement and citizenship: how to incorporate respect and civility – two key virtues of democratic deliberation – into our collective conversations and the good

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