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DSPO 2210A - Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

What are the political issues, that reflect the global resurgence of the theological question of blasphemy which we are witnessing today? How law and politics can and should deal with religion to integrate it into the more general guarantee of freedom of expression, which serves as a basis for any authentic liberal democracy? In the last thirty years with the end of social utopias, the return of blasphemy accompanied the return of religion emphasizing the division regarding Human Rights between the North and the South, but also provoking in the North an unprecedented legal activism around these questions. The aim of this course is to understand the historical, legal and theoretical backgrounds of the different ideologies in play towards the question of freedom and religion in the democratic world, but also to identify all the problems that the States have to face in relation to freedom of expression in general and blasphemy in particular.


COLOSIMO, Anastasia G. (Doctorante)

Course validation

2/3 – an oral exam / 1/3 class presentation and involvement during the debates

Required reading

  • John RAWLS, A Theory of Justice
  • John Stuart MILL, On Liberty