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Religious Education and Religious Schools: Ethical Issues

La Chaire de recherche en éthique publique & théorie politique et le Centre de recherche en éthique sont heureux d’annoncer la tenue de l’activité suivante:

Political theory workshop
Religious Education and Religious Schools: Ethical Issues

François Boucher et Andrée-Anne Cormier
Participation sur réservation seulement. Contactez François Boucher à : francois.boucher.1@umontreal.ca.

Project description

Article 18 of the ICCPR understands freedom of religion as including “respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions”. How should we understand the moral basis or the moral justification of the freedom of parents to educate their children according to their own religious convictions? What are the limits of parental rights to educate their children according to their own convictions?

This workshop will address normative issues at stake at the interplay of children’s right to education, parental authority and the state’s role in the establishment and enforcement of educational standards as well as in the funding of religious or separate schools.

  • Can the freedom of parents to ensure the moral and religious education of their children in conformity with their own convictions conflict with the state attempts to educate future citizens?
  • What weight should we give to the children’s rights and interests in receiving an autonomy-enhancing education when those interests conflict with parents’ beliefs?
  • How should we weight the claims of parents and those of the state in situations in which they conflict?
  • What role can or should separate or private religious schools play in accommodating ethnocultural minority groups?
  • What limits should the liberal state place on the teachings provided in such schools?
  • Can religious schools legitimately exclude pupils and employees on the basis of religious or ethnoreligious criteria?
  • Shouldthe liberal secular state finance private religious education? 


9:10 am. Arrival. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served

First session
Chair: Marc-Antoine Dilhac

9:30 – 10:20 Daniel Weinstock,“Loyola‘s fateful mistakes
10:20 – 11:10 Andrée-Anne Cormier, “Common Education and the Practice of Liberal Neutrality: the Loyola High School Case”

11:10 – 11h20 Coffee break

11:20 – 12:10 Harry Brighouse, “Religious Schools, Sexism, and the State” 

Lunch – A lunch box will be provided to all the presentators (12:10 – 13:20)

Second Session
Chair: François Boucher

13:20 – 14:10 Gina Schouten,“Autonomy Education and Liberal Neutrality”
14:10 – 15:00 Sarah Hannan,“Against Religious Schooling”

15:00 – 15:20Coffee break

Third Session
Chair:Danielle Zwarthoed

15:20 – 16:10 François Boucher, “Publicly funded religious education and secularism in pluralist societies”
16:10 – 17:00 Víctor M. Muñiz-Fraticelli, “On the possibility of religious education”


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