Democracy and Tradition / Edition 1

Democracy and Tradition / Edition 1

by Jeffrey Stout
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691123829

ISBN-13: 9780691123820

Pub. Date: 07/05/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Do religious arguments have a public role in the post-9/11 world? Can we hold democracy together despite fractures over moral issues? Are there moral limits on the struggle against terror? Asking how the citizens of modern democracy can reason with one another, this book carves out a controversial position between those who view religious voices as an anathema to

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Do religious arguments have a public role in the post-9/11 world? Can we hold democracy together despite fractures over moral issues? Are there moral limits on the struggle against terror? Asking how the citizens of modern democracy can reason with one another, this book carves out a controversial position between those who view religious voices as an anathema to democracy and those who believe democratic society is a moral wasteland because such voices are not heard.

Drawing inspiration from Whitman, Dewey, and Ellison, Jeffrey Stout sketches the proper role of religious discourse in a democracy. He discusses the fate of virtue, the legacy of racism, the moral issues implicated in the war on terrorism, and the objectivity of ethical norms. Against those who see no place for religious reasoning in the democratic arena, Stout champions a space for religious voices. But against increasingly vocal antiliberal thinkers, he argues that modern democracy can provide a moral vision and has made possible such moral achievements as civil rights precisely because it allows a multitude of claims to be heard.

Stout's distinctive pragmatism reconfigures the disputed area where religious thought, political theory, and philosophy meet. Charting a path beyond the current impasse between secular liberalism and the new traditionalism, Democracy and Tradition asks whether we have the moral strength to continue as a democratic people as it invigorates us to retrieve our democratic virtues from very real threats to their practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691123820
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/05/2005
Series:
New Forum Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
774,775
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1The Question of Character
Ch. 1Character and Piety from Emerson to Dewey19
Ch. 2Race and Nation in Baldwin and Ellison42
Pt. 2Religious Voices in a Secular Society
Ch. 3Religious Reasons in Political Argument63
Ch. 4Secularization and Resentment92
Ch. 5The New Traditionalism118
Ch. 6Virtue and the Way of the World140
Ch. 7Between Example and Doctrine162
Pt. 3A Conditional Rectitude
Ch. 8Democratic Norms in the Age of Terrorism183
Ch. 9The Emergence of Modern Democratic Culture203
Ch. 10The Ideal of a Common Morality225
Ch. 11Ethics without Metaphysics246
Ch. 12Ethics as a Social Practice270
Conclusion287
Notes309
Index341

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