Religion and Civil Society

Ethics, Community and Loyalty

This line of work consists of a normative study of the bases and structure of human societies such as family, school, church, city, nation and global community. 

In a world that is increasingly characterized by what the sociologist Georg Simmel called a "network of group affiliations", it is difficult to determine to which communities we owe our ethical loyalty. Although each community attempts to define the responsibilities of its members, the demands of the diverse communities are not always compatible. 

For example, the State frequently attributes to itself the authority of intervening in the internal life of associations such as families and churches, while these associations resist the aspirations of the State, invoking opposing authorities, such as those of God, or the right to autonomy of individuals and institutions. 

In the context of a highly differentiated, complex, and globalized social order, this study has essentially two aspirations: first of all, to develop a normative conception of authority that is capable of establishing when the normative demands that diverse associations establish for their members or other associations are legitimate; in second place, to develop criteria that helps people and groups in their efforts to discern and specify the demands of the diverse associating loyalties.


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General contact:
David Thunder
Instituto Cultura y Sociedad
Biblioteca de Humanidades (entrada este)
Campus Universitario s/n
31009 Pamplona

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