Religion and Democratic Citizenship

Religion and Democratic Citizenship : Inquiry and Conviction in the American Public Square

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This book addresses heated debate among political thinkers concerned with the role of religious reasoning in the deliberation and justification of public policy and voting. The author critically examines various arguments drawn from mainstream liberal political theory, political theology, and American pragmatism, and offers a unique proposal for thinking through this issue.
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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 12mm | 258.55g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739120816
  • 9780739120811

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Clanton has provided us with very nice arguments against liberalism's attempt at keeping public reason neutral and for allowing (fallible) religious beliefs into the sphere of public deliberation. His anti-Rawlsian view draws on the pragmatist tradition, developing a view of public inquiry on which we aim at getting things right and hence must be committed to exchanging reasons. The book will be of real interest to both those working in political theory and in American pragmatism. -- Cheryl Misak, University of Toronto
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About Caleb J. Clanton

J. Caleb Clanton is assistant professor of philosophy at Pepperdine University.
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Table of contents

Chapter 0 Tension in Our American Public Philosophy Chapter 2 William James and That Old-Time Religion: The Jamesian Roots of the Reconstructivist Strategy Chapter 3 Questionable Neo-Pragmatic Proposals Concerning Religion's Role in the Public Square Chapter 4 Silence and Neutrality: Liberalism's Public Reason Chapter 5 Liberalism's Hidden Garments: A Multidimensional Response to the Naked Public Square Chapter 6 Public Deliberation After Rawls: Stout's Contribution and Instructive Shortcoming Chapter 7 Speculation on an Open Socratic-Peircean Public Square Chapter 8 Conclusion
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