Dr Jonathan Chaplin

Dr Jonathan Chaplin is Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge, UK (www.klice.co.uk) and a member of the Cambridge Divinity Faculty. He has taught political theory at institutions in the UK, the Netherlands and Canada and from 2004-2006 he held the Dooyeweerd Chair in Social and Political Philosophy at the ICS, Toronto. He is Senior Fellow of the Canadian think tank Cardus, for which he writes regularly, and has written and co-edited numerous publications.

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2013 | The Illusion of Neutrality

Why maintaining diversity in our public discourse enriches democracy

The public square is not a neutral space. New Zealand’s current climate of pragmatic politics is suffocating our national debate. With the expression of diverse worldviews discouraged, we have an emaciated public discourse, deaf to our deeper convictions.

In this lecture, Dr Jonathan Chaplin confronts the fallacy that political ideas can ever be completely detached from foundational worldviews, cultures or religions. He presents a vision of a dynamic public square in which true diversity is respected, and argues that democracy will be strengthened, not weakened, by openly expressing the deep commitments underlying our political debates.

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