Prof. Dr. Jakob De Roover<<back

Research Assistant Professor
India Studies

Department of Comparative Science of Cultures
Ghent University

Tel: +32 (0) 9 264 93 71
Fax: +32 (0) 9 264 94 83
Email: jakob.deroover@ugent.be

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My research lies at the intersection of the study of religion and political theory. It concerns the emergence of the liberal-democratic model of religious toleration and the secular state in modern Europe and its implementation in colonial and postcolonial India. If we intend to develop models of toleration that are better equipped to accommodate the cultural diversity of contemporary societies, I think we will have to take seriously the experiences and practices of pluralism of non-western cultures. Consequently, my research also raises the question how the Indian experience of pluralism could provide conceptual resources for an alternative political philosophy. More generally, I am interested in the links between Christian religious thought and contemporary notions of justice, equality, freedom, autonomy and human rights in political philosophy and in the problems faced by these notions when they are exported to the Indian cultural setting.