About the Forum

Ground Motive is sponsored by the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics (CPRSE) at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.

About the Forum

Ground Motive is a forum to host and foster quality online dialogue on subjects of relevance to the CPRSE’s mandate. It is intended for the benefit of the CPRSE and of all whose subject interests or fields of research and study intersect with those of the CPRSE and its participants.

ICS established the CPRSE to highlight the research component of its three-fold mission as graduate school, research centre and source of continuing education for people of faith and the broader public. The centre’s work is dedicated to the intersection of interdisciplinary philosophy, inter-religious dialogue and social ethics, and its current project focus is on justice. The CPRSE promotes collaborative research by welcoming academics from other institutions, as well as members of the public, into our scholarship at ICS. We are especially interested in questions that arise in debates about social justice, economic sustainability, cultural and religious pluralism, democratic solidarity, environmental caretaking and the like.

A religious ground motive has "a central communal character and gives expression to a common spirit… It lies at the foundation of a community of thought, insofar as it guarantees ... mutual understanding even between philosophical trends which vehemently combat each other."
—Herman Dooyeweerd, 1961      

Comment Policy

Ground Motive is a forum for dialogue at the intersection of philosophy, religion and social ethics. It engages leading questions of life and society as they arise out of that constellation, and aims to foster conversations that are open, thoughtful, and respectful. All are welcome to comment on any postings as well as on the comments others have left: debate and exploration of differences are encouraged. Ground Motive is moderated in order to ensure that constructive dialogue is maintained; site moderators reserve the right to delete any comment that is disrespectful, abusive, or off-topic, and to ban commenters who repeatedly post comments that are disrespectful, abusive, or off-topic. When commenting on posts, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

Quotes: While we encourage using quotes to help illuminate or support a point, they should not be used as stand-alone comments.

Tone: Avoid rhetorically loaded or polemical comments that inhibit thoughtful conversation, such as those that impugn or disparage the person or character of the poster instead of responding to the point they are making. Avoid the use of epithets ('heretic', 'apostate', 'idiot', 'moron', etc.).

Thank you, and we look forward to having you join our conversation!

Contact Us

At present, the Editors of Ground Motive are Ronald A. Kuipers, the Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics, and Dean Dettloff, Research Assistant at the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics.

Ground Motive Editor: groundmotive@icscanada.edu

Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics
Institute for Christian Studies
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Toronto, ON   M5S 2E6

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