Democracy, Ambiguity, Religion

New research focus at the ifz

What does a democracy need to be able to function in the long term? It is often pointed out that democracy depends on a consensus on the applicable values. On the other hand, less attention is paid to the question of which personal skills and attitudes they require from the individual citizen.

We are addressing this topic here at the ifz with a new research focus. Our scientists examine the importance of constructive dealings with complexity and contradictoriness – in short: ambiguity tolerance – so that democracy can succeed. The initial presumption is that the knowledge of liberal values ​​and the knowledge of democratic procedures alone do not guarantee a stable democracy. Given the reality of persistent value conflicts and lengthy decision-making processes, all parties need to be able to actively handle complex situations.

The question also arises as to whether religious faith may be a way of practicing tolerance of inscrutable situations and a variety of perspectives.