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Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy

Terrence L. Johnson

Abstract

Contemporary debates on the role of religion in American public life ignore the overlap between religion and race in the formation of American democratic traditions and more often than not imagine democracy within the terrain of John Rawls’s political liberalism. This kind of political liberalism, which focuses on political commitments at the expense of our religious beliefs, fosters the necessary conditions to open historically closed doors to black bodies, allows blacks to sit at the King’s table and creates the necessary safeguards for black protest against discrimination within a constitut ... More

Keywords: race, religion, politics, political liberalism, justice, veil of Blackness, religion and public life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195383980
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383980.001.0001

Authors

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Terrence L. Johnson, author
Haverford College

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