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Understanding Liberal Democracy: Essays in Political Philosophy

Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

Abstract

This book collects Nicholas Wolterstorff's papers in political philosophy. While this collection includes some of Wolterstorff's earlier and influential work on the intersection between liberal democracy and religion, it also contains nine new essays in which Wolterstorff stakes out novel positions regarding the nature of liberal democracy, human rights, and political authority. The overall position is one that is intended to be an attractive alternative to so-called public reason liberalism defended by thinkers such as John Rawls. Of interest to philosophers, political theorists, and theologi ... More

Keywords: liberal democracy, political authority, public reason liberalism, Rawls, John, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199558957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Wolterstorff, author
Yale University

Terence Cuneo, editor
University of Vermont

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Introduction

Nicholas Wolterstorff, and Terence Cuneo

Part One Public Reason Liberalism

2 An Engagement with Rorty

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3 The Justificatory Liberalism of Gerald Gaus

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4 What Are the Prospects for Public Reason Liberalism?

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Part Two Re-Thinking Liberal Democracy

5 Liberal Democracy as Equal Political Voice

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6 Exercising One's Political Voice as a Moral Engagement

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Part Three Perspectives on Rights

7 On Secular and Theistic Groundings of Human Rights

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8 Grounding the Rights We Have as Human Persons

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10 Accounting for the Political Authority of the State

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Part Four Liberal Democracy and Religion

11 Why Can’t We All Just Get Along With Each Other?

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12 Freedom for Religion

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