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Political Affections: Civic Participation and Moral Theology

Joshua Hordern


While political experience is clearly replete with affectivity, the affective dimension of politics has typically been under-conceptualised in political theory. This book considers the nature of affections such as joy, compassion, sorrow, and shame and the role they play in politics, arguing that affections have a cognitive aptitude whereby they become enduring features of shared political reasoning. The central claim is that Christian political theology and contemporary theory of emotions can shed light on these questions and, in so doing, analyse the democratic deficit which troubles contemp ... More

Keywords: affection, emotion, constitutional patriotism, compassion, trust, Martha Nussbaum, Jürgen Habermas, civic participation, joy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646814
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646814.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Hordern, author
University Lecturer in Christian Ethics, University of Oxford, Harris Manchester College

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