Democracy and Tradition

ISBN-10: 0691123829
ISBN-13: 9780691123820
Edition: 2004
Authors: Jeffrey Stout
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

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 Traditionasks 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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Question of Character
Character and Piety from Emerson to Dewey
Race and Nation in Baldwin and Ellison
Religious Voices in a Secular Society
Religious Reasons in Political Argument
Secularization and Resentment
The New Traditionalism
Virtue and the Way of the World
Between Example and Doctrine
A Conditioned Rectitude
Democratic Norms in the Age of Terrorism
The Emergence of Modern Democratic Culture
The Ideal of a Common Morality
Ethics without Metaphysics
Ethics as a Social Practice
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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