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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)

"Clanton has carefully selected the main arguments of the leading contemporary philosophers who are debating the role of religion in public discourse. This book will be very useful for courses in political theory, Christian ethics, and philosophy of religion."

—Max L. Stackhouse (1935–2016), De Vries Professor of Theology and Public Life Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Ably introduced by Clanton, these essays together constitute not only a much needed overview of the terms of a pressing political and philosophical debate, but also an excellent point of departure into some of the most basic questions of political philosophy."

—David A. Reidy, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“Excellent essays by an impressive array of thinkers, exploring the critical issue of the proper role of religious belief in our political life.”

—Jerry Gaus, James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy, The University of Arizona

J. Caleb Clanton is University Research Professor and Professor of Philosophy at Lipscomb University. He is author or editor of several books, including 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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