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Contemporary Political Philosophy and Religion

An Introduction

By Camil Ungureanu

© 2018 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

Should democratic politics and religion, political reason and faith be completely separated from each other, or should they be seen in a relationship of discursive interaction?

The continuous presence of religion in the public sphere has undermined state-induced attempts to privatise faith, and it has raised anew normative and practical issues related to the place of religion in a democratic polity, generating spirited political debates. This textbook:

  • Provides an introduction to, and a critical appraisal of the major schools of political thought with a focus on the relationship between democracy and religion.
  • Contains an analysis of different schools: political liberalism, postmodernism, and Christian thought, analytical and continental political theory.
  • Discusses religion from the perspective of the emerging field of international political theory.
  • Features reflections on the question of Islam and Islamism.
  • Include an analysis and appraisal of the issue of religion in contemporary republican thinking.
  • Deals with the relationship between democracy and religion from the perspective of two opposing theologians, representing important theological trends.
  • Teases out the political implications of post-modern thought in a jargon-free manner.

This important text will be of great to use to students of religion and politics in the fields of political and legal theory, and religious and theological studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Plea for Complexity

1. Political Liberalism, Public Reason, and Religion: John Rawls

2. Public Reason Contested: Religion, Citizenship, and Democratic Participation

3. Postsecularism, Translation, and Religion: Jürgen Habermas

4. Republicanism: Between Non-domination, the Common Good, and Civil Religion

5. Charles Taylor’s Hermeneutics of Modernity: Secularization, Recognition, and Inclusive Liberalism

6. Multiculturalism and its Critics: From Rise to Fall?

7. The Conundrum of Gender Equality and Religion: Between the Autonomy and the Capability Approach

8. Democracy and Postmodernism: Richard Rorty and Gianni Vattimo

9. Globalization and the Ambivalence of Religion

About the Author

Dr. Camil Ungureanu is a Lecturer of Political Theory in the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. Camil obtained his doctoral degree from the European University Institute (Department of Social and Political Sciences) with the thesis "In Defense of Democratic Rhetoric and Decision-making: an Inquiry in the Recent Work of Habermas and Derrida". He also studied at the Central European University in Budapest, where he wrote his thesis "Autonomy and Regionalism in the post-communist Romania" under the supervision of prof. Will Kymlicka.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State