A Case Study of Public Moral Discourse

Project Number: 
9918 35
Start Date: 
Wed, 05/01/1991
End Date: 
Thu, 12/31/1992

David C. Legee and associates of the University of Notre Dame and independent journalist Jim Castelli investigated how religious beliefs inform public discourses. They surveyed extant literature addressing various aspects of public moral discourse through the work of scholars such as Martin Marty, Richard John Neuhaus, and Garry Wills. The researchers then focused on the issue of race to examine the real life dynamics of how public moral discourse developed and functioned.
Legee and Castelli presented their findings to the American Political Science Association’s annual convention on 4th September, 1993 in a paper titled “The Decomposition of the Religious Vote, 1960-1992.”