Religion and the Obligations of Citizenship
By (author) Paul Weithman
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Religion and the Obligations of Citizenship by Paul Weithman
Book DescriptionIn Religion and the Obligations of Citizenship Paul J. Weithman asks whether citizens in a liberal democracy may base their votes and their public political arguments on their religious beliefs. Drawing on empirical studies of how religion actually functions in politics, he challenges the standard view that citizens who rely on religious reasons must be prepared to make good their arguments by appealing to reasons that are 'accessible' to others. He contends that churches contribute to democracy by enriching political debate and by facilitating political participation, especially among the poor and minorities, and as a consequence, citizens acquire religiously based political views and diverse views of their own citizenship. He concludes that the philosophical view which most defensibly accommodates this diversity is one that allows ordinary citizens to draw on the views their churches have formed when voting and offering public arguments for their political positions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521027601
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Weithman
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This volume brings together ten of Paul Weithman's papers on John Rawls's liberalism and his defense of reasonable political faith.
Why Political Liberalism?, Paperback (January 2013)
Paul Weithman offers a fresh, rigorous, and compelling interpretation of John Rawls's reasons for taking his so-called "political turn."
Religion and the Obligations of Citizenship, Hardback (August 2002)» View all books by Paul Weithman
Studies the validity of religious reasons as a basis for citizens' votes and political positions.
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Author Biography - Paul Weithman
PAUL J. WEITHMAN is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is editor of Religion and Contemporary Liberalism (1997) and co-editor of the five-volume Philosophy of Rawls (with Henry Richardson, 1999).
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