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The Ethics of Citizenship
Liberal Democracy and Religious Convictions

Edited by J. Caleb Clanton

The Ethics of Citizenship
Paperback, 485 pages $49.95
Published: 15th November 2009
ISBN: 9781602582033
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Ethics , All Political Science, Political Ethics, Political Philosophy, Religion & Politics

Offering the most significant contributions on the topic from leading contemporary scholars, J. Caleb Stanton’s carefully edited and organized The Ethics of Citizenship seeks to answer one of the most salient and hotly debated questions of the day: What role, if any, should religion play in U.S. politics? While there is a considerable body of writing in response to this question, until now there has not been a one-volume collection of relevant answers. Here, at last, a variety of distinguished political theorists—from John Rawls to Richard Rorty, and from Nicholas Wolterstorff to Cornel West—weigh in on this important topic, and, together, provide a balanced and engaging overview of the debate that continues to grip the nation.

Introduction: On the Tension between Religion and Democracy

Part I: Separatist Views

1. “Moral Conflict and Political Legitimacy” by Thomas Nagel (New York University)
2. “The Idea of Public Reason Revisited” by John Rawls (Harvard University, Emeritus)
3. “Religious Convictions and Secular Reasons” by Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)
4. “Liberal Civic Education and Religious Fundamentalism: The Case of God v. John Rawls” by Stephen Macedo (Princeton University)
5. “Why Dialogue?” by Bruce Ackerman (Yale University)
6. “Religion as a Conversation-stopper” by Richard Rorty (Stanford University, Emeritus)

Part II: Integrationist Views

7. “The Role of Religion in Decision and Discussion of Political Issues” by Nicholas Wolterstorff (Yale University)
8. “What Respect Requires—and What it Does Not” by Christopher J. Eberle (US Naval Academy)
9. “The Principles” by Paul J. Weithman (University of Notre Dame)
10. “Religion in Political Argument” by Jeffrey Stout (Princeton University)
11. “The Crisis of Christian Identity in America” by Cornel West (Princeton University)
12. “Why Political Reliance on Religiously Grounded Morality is Not Illegitimate in a Liberal Democracy” by Michael J. Perry (Emory University)
13. “The Vulnerability of the Naked Public Square” by Richard John Neuhaus (Editor of First Things)
14. “The Public Philosophy of Contemporary Liberalism” by Michael J. Sandel (Harvard University)
15. “Democratic Deliberation after Religious Gag Rules” by J. Caleb Clanton (Pepperdine)

“This carefully selected collection, and balanced appraisal, will be very useful for political theory, ethics, and philosophy of religion courses.”

—Max L. Stackhouse, De Vries Professor of Theology and Public Life Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

J. Caleb Clanton is Associate Professor of Philosophy and University Research Professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of The Ethics of Citizenship: Liberal Democracy and Religious Convictions and Religion and Democratic Citizenship: Inquiry and Conviction in the American Public Square.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 485 pages
 9in x 6in

  PHI019000, POL010000, REL084000
 Baylor University Press

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