Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State

Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State

by Robert Audi

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Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State by Robert Audi

This text clarifies the relation between religion and ethics, articulates principles governing religion in politics, and outlines a theory of civic virtue. It frames institutional principles to guide governmental policies toward religion and counterpart standards to guide individual citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199796083
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Audi is an internationally distinguished contributor to ethics, theory of knowledge, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of action. He has published numerous books and papers in all these fields and lectures widely in these areas and, more recently, in business ethics. He is a past president of the American Philosophical Association and the subject of a critical volume containing thirteen critical essays and his responses.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. The Autonomy of Ethics and the Moral Authority of Religion
I. The Autonomy of Ethics
II. Moral Knowledge: General and Particular
III. Religion, Theology, and Ethics
IV. Theoethical Equilibrium: The Integration of Religion and Ethics
V. Divine Command Ethics and Secular Morality

2. The Liberty of Citizens and the Responsibilities of Government
I. The Separation of Church and State and the Limits of Democratic Authority
II. The Liberty Principle and the Scope of Religious Freedom
III. The Equality Principle and the Case Against Establishment
IV. The Neutrality Principle: Accommodationist Secularity
V. Religious Neutrality, Valuational Neutrality, and Public Policy

3. The Secular State and the Religious Citizen
I. Freedom of Expression in the Advocacy of Laws and Public Policies
II. Major Principles Governing the Advocacy of Laws and Public Policies
III. The Charge of Exclusivism toward Religious Reasons
IV. Natural Reason, Secularity, and Religious Convictions
V. Religious Reasons, Political Decision, and Toleration
VI. Privatization Versus Activism: The Place of Religious Considerations in Public Political Discourse

4. Democratic Tolerance and Religious Obligation in a Globalized World
I. The Nature of Tolerance
II. Is Tolerance a Virtue?
III. Toleration and Forgiveness
IV. The Normative Standards for Democratic Toleration
V. Religion in the Workplace as a Test Case for a Theory of Toleration
VI, Cosmopolitanism as a Framework for Tolerance
VII. Civic Virtue and Democratic Participation
VIII. International Implications of the Framework


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