Understanding Liberal Democracy

Understanding Liberal Democracy : Essays in Political Philosophy

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Understanding Liberal Democracy presents notable work by Nicholas Wolterstorff at the intersection between political philosophy and religion. Alongside his influential earlier essays, it includes nine new essays in which Wolterstorff develops original lines of argument and stakes out novel positions regarding the nature of liberal democracy, human rights, and political authority. Taken together, these positions are an attractive alternative to the so-called
public reason liberalism defended by thinkers such as John Rawls. The volume will be of interest to philosophers, political theorists, and theologians, engaging a wide audience of those interested in how best to understand the nature of liberal democracy and its relation to religion.
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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 175 x 240 x 36mm | 744g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199558957
  • 9780199558957
  • 853,007

Table of contents

PART ONE: PUBLIC REASON LIBERALISM ; PART TWO: RE-THINKING LIBERAL DEMOCRACY ; PART THREE: PERSPECTIVES ON RIGHTS ; PART FOUR: LIBERAL DEMOCRACY AND RELIGION
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About Nicholas Wolterstorff

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University. Currently he is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, at the University of Virginia. He has been President of the American Philosophical Association, and of the Society of Christian Philosophers; he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the lectures he has given are the Wilde Lectures at Oxford University, the
Gifford Lectures at St Andrews University, and the Stone Lectures at Princeton Seminary. He has published over twenty books including On Universals, Works and Worlds of Art, Art in Action, Until Justice and Peace Embrace, Reason within the Bounds of Religion, Divine Discourse, John Locke and the Ethics
of Belief, Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology, Educating for Shalom, Lament for a Son, Justice: Rights and Wrongs and Justice in Love.


Terence Cuneo is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont. He works primarily in the areas of ethics and history of modern philosophy. In addition to having published numerous articles in these areas, he is the author of The Normative Web: An Argument for Moral Realism (Oxford, 2007). He has also edited six books, including The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Reid (Cambridge, 2004), Religion in the Liberal Polity (Notre Dame, 2005), The Foundations of
Ethics (Blackwell, 2007), and two volumes of Nicholas Wolterstorff's collected papers, Inquiring about God (Cambridge, 2010), and Practices of Belief (Cambridge, 2010).
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