Philosophy of Religion and Religious Communities: Defining Beliefs and Symbols


Principal Investigator: Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool)
Co-investigators: Daniel Hill (University of Liverpool)
Duration: 2012

The project consists in a review of the contributions philosophy of religion can make to debates surrounding religious discrimination. The question ‘when is it acceptable to prohibit the use of religious symbols?’ has become an extremely pertinent one for communities of all faiths in the UK. One must ask whether these symbols are a mandatory means of manifesting core beliefs or what it might mean for symbols to be ‘intimately linked’ to underlying beliefs?