What is the place of religion in a pluralist democracy? The continuous presence of religion in the public sphere has raised anew normative and practical issues related to the role of religion in a democratic polity, generating spirited political debates in Western and non-Western contexts. Contemporary Political Philosophy provides an advanced introduction to, and a critical appraisal of the major schools of political thought with a focus on the relationship between democracy and religion. Key features of this book include:
This comprehensive text will be of great use to students of religion and politics in the fields of political and legal theory, and religious and theological studies, while also offering critical insights and arguments that will be of interest to the experts in the field.
Introduction: A Plea for Complexity
1. Political Liberalism, Public Reason, and Religion: John Rawls
2. Public Reason Contested: Religion, Citizenship, and Inclusion
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