(A)Is the difference between national minorities and other cultural minorities a significant one or a less important one when it comes to which multiculturalist policies that should be pursued?
(B)In a conflict between promoting individual freedom and avoiding imposing one’s values on others, which is the more important (liberal)value?(
C)Is there a deep conflict between multiculturalism and feminism or is it more of a tension that can be managed while being both feminist and multiculturalist?
Each presentation should consist of the following components:(
1) A position:an answer to the relevant question(A, B or C).This is basically little more than a sentence stating the position that you take (although sometimes one might need to add some explanation in order for the audience to understand the position correctly; using examples can often be a good way of illustrating the meaning of what one is saying).
(2) Positive arguments:a set of reasons for why the position that you have opted for is reasonable; these should be reasons that others might find persuasive as well(ideally even people who have quite different views)and not just the reasons why you happen to have a certain view.
(3) Possible objections:arguments that someone who would reject your argument would probably be using either directly against your position or against the reasons you provided for your position.(Try to play the devil’s advocate here and make these points as strongly as you can.)(4)Handling of the objections:your responses to the possible objections that you have brought up, showing why they are not serious objections to your position on the matter.(Often this is done either by showing that what is said in the objection has problems that make its associated position worse than your own or by explaining why the objection rests on a misunderstanding of your position and therefore fails to hit its intended target.)
HR II: Philosophy, religion and HR II: Seminar 4 on freedom of religion:
This seminar concerns the debate about how one should handle possible conflicts between freedom of religion and other rights.We will discuss the following questions
:A)Should conscientious objection be legally protected? For example, should health care practitioners have a right not to perform certain tasks, such as abortion or assistance in connection with abortion, for religious or moral reasons?
B)Should it be allowed to use religious symbols in public spaces, for example, crucifixes in public schools?
C)Can a religious upbringing be against the rights of children? If so, under what conditions?
it does not matter if it conflicts with your personal views. You should then develop a line of argumentation that support your position as convincingly as possible. Here you can start with the discussion of your topic in Ahdar & Leigh, but it is, of course, good if you also develop arguments of your own. Moreover, you should consider possible counterarguments to your position. Try to make these as strong as possible. Finally, you need to show why the counterarguments are not serious objections to your position by demonstrating why they are problematic or unconvincing.