Pluralistic Catholic and Islamic Political Theologies: How Aristotelian Political Ethics Can Reduce Conflict across Religious/Cultural Communities

Pluralistic Catholic and Islamic Political Theologies: How Aristotelian Political Ethics Can Reduce Conflict across Religious/Cultural Communities

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: 
Colin Matthew Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road
Speaker(s): 
Richard S. Park (Oxford)
Convenor: 
The Oxford Philippines Society of the University of Oxford
Series: 
Southeast Asia Events in Oxford

Significantly since the Jabidah Massacre of 1968, much of Mindanao, Philippines has been ravaged by social discord, political unrest, fatal violence, and ‘all-out wars’. A multitude of political theorists, conflict studies experts, and religious leaders, from various contexts, have offered proposals for reducing conflict and restoring peace. Building on these thinkers (some specifically from Mindanao), Richard Park will discuss an arguably crucial and highly promising resource found in classical Aristotelian political ethics – namely, the human telos – and commend it as a basis for constructing pluralistic Catholic and Islamic political theologies.