Author: William E. Connolly

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822387085

Category: Philosophy

Page: 206

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Over the past two decades, the renowned political theorist William E. Connolly has developed a powerful theory of pluralism as the basis of a territorial politics. In this concise volume, Connolly launches a new defense of pluralism, contending that it has a renewed relevance in light of pressing global and national concerns, including the war in Iraq, the movement for a Palestinian state, and the fight for gay and lesbian rights. Connolly contends that deep, multidimensional pluralism is the best way to promote justice and inclusion without violence. He advocates a deep pluralism—in contrast to shallow, secular pluralism—that helps to create space for different groups to bring their religious faiths into the public realm. This form of deep pluralism extends far beyond faith, encompassing multiple dimensions of social and personal lives, including household organization and sexuality. Connolly looks at pluralism not only in light of faith but also in relation to evil, ethics, relativism, globalization, and sovereignty. In the process, he engages many writers and theorists—among them, Spinoza, William James, Henri Bergson, Marcel Proust, Gilles Deleuze, Giorgio Agamben, Talal Asad, Michael Hardt, and Antonio Negri. Pluralism is the first book in which Connolly explains the relationship between pluralism and the experience of time, and he offers readings of several films that address how time is understood, including Time Code, Far from Heaven, Waking Life, and The Maltese Falcon. In this necessary book Connolly brings a compelling, accessible philosophical critique together with his personal commitment to an inclusive political agenda to suggest how we might—and why we must—cultivate pluralism within both society and ourselves.


Author: Peter Lassman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745637248

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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The problem of value pluralism permeates modern political philosophy. Its presence can be felt even when it is not explicitly the central topic under investigation. Political thinkers such as Max Weber, Isaiah Berlin and Stuart Hampshire derive pessimistic, sometimes tragic, conclusions from their reflections upon pluralism. On the other hand, there is a more optimistic view represented by John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas that sees value pluralism as a problem that is easier to live with. This book presents the first accessible overview for both post- and undergraduate students of the way in which this problem has been understood and responded to by modern political thinkers.


Developments in the Theory and Practice of Democracy

Author: Rainer Eisfeld

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783866490284

Category: Political Science

Page: 126

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This book is volume of the series: The World of Political Science - The development of the discipline Edited by Michael Stein and John Trent The book focuses on the study of democratic processes. Special emphasis is put (1) on the existence of a diversity of (e. g. socio-economic, ethno-cultural, ...) interests and the transformation of this diversity into public policies, (2) on the participatory features of democracy and on barriers to individual and group participation due to disparities in economic and political resources

Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada

Author: Richard J. Moon

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774858532

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada seeks to elucidate the complex and often uneasy relationship between law and religion in democracies committed both to equal citizenship and religious pluralism. Leading socio-legal scholars consider the role of religious values in public decision making, government support for religious practices, and the restriction and accommodation by government of minority religious practices. They examine such current issues as the legal recognition of sharia arbitration, the re-definition of civil marriage, and the accommodation of religious practice in the public sphere.

Pluralism, Democracy and Political Knowledge

Robert A. Dahl and His Critics on Modern Politics

Author: Hans Theodorus Blokland

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409429326

Category: Philosophy

Page: 374

View: 6914

Taking Robert A Dahl's, one of the most important political scholars and democratic theorists, work as the point of reference, this book not only provides an illuminating history of political science, told via Dahl and his critics, but also offers an analysis as to what progress we have made in our thinking on pluralism and democracy.

Reconstructing Political Pluralism

Author: Avigail I. Eisenberg

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791425619

Category: Political Science

Page: 211

View: 1134

This reappraisal of the pluralist tradition systematically explores accounts of political pluralism offered by James, Dewey, Figgis, Cole, Laski, Follett, and Dahl and shows how each variant contains a distinct account of the relation between group power, individual interest, and self-development. These historical accounts provide the resources with which Eisenberg reconstructs a democratic theory of political pluralism. At the center of political pluralism, she argues, is a pluralist approach to self-development that can address the key ambiguities of identity politics and provide a more effective means to balance the power relations between individuals and communities than can individualist or communitarian approaches.

Pluralism and Identity

Studies in Ritual Behaviour

Author: Jan. G. Platvoet,Karel Van Der Toorn

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004103733

Category: Religion

Page: 376

View: 2508

The essays collected in this book discuss ritual behaviour, particularly of religious groups, in plural and pluralist societies and in ancient as well as modern times. The strategic use of rituals is highlighted. Several theoretical analyses and a broad range of historical and ethnographic descriptions are offered.


The Philosophy and Politics of Diversity

Author: Maria Baghramian,Attracta Ingram

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317835077

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 8099

Cultural, moral and religious diversity is a pervasive feature of modern life, yet has only recently become the focus of intellectual debate. Pluralism is the first book to tackle philosophical pluralism and link pluralist themes in philosophy to politics. A range of essays investigates the philosophical sources of pluralism, the value of pluralism and liberalism, and difference in pluralism, including writings on women and the public-private distinction. This is a valuable source for students of philosophy, politics and cultural studies.

Pluralism at Yale

The Culture of Political Science in America

Author: Richard M. Merelman

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299184148

Category: History

Page: 325

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Pluralism at Yale: The Culture of Political Science in America explores the relationship between personal experience and academic theories of American politics. Through a detailed examination of the Yale University Department of Political Science between 1955 and 1970, including interviews with many of the political scientists involved, this book traces the way "pluralism," a predominately optimistic theory of American democracy which the Yale department helped to develop in those years, helped to support the American political regime. Merelman also analyzes the impact of social and political events on the decline of Yale pluralism and describes pluralism's continued political relevance today. Included are discussions of McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War.

The Politics of Belonging

Nationalism, Liberalism, and Pluralism

Author: Alain Dieckhoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780739108253

Category: Philosophy

Page: 294

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The Politics of Belonging represents an innovative collaboration between political theorists and political scientists for the purposes of investigating the liberal and pluralistic traditions of nationalism. Alain Dieckhoff introduces an indispensable collection of work for anyone dealing with questions of identity, ethnicity, and nationalism.

A Protestant Theology of Religious Pluralism

Author: Livingstone Thompson

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039118755

Category: Religion

Page: 395

View: 5795

In this book three main things have been accomplished. First, it locates the emergence of religious pluralism as a problem for Christian theology. Secondly, it shows the critical weaknesses in the approaches to pluralism that we find in the works of Gavin D’Costa, George Lindbeck and John Hick, all major players in the field of religious pluralism. Retrieving theological material from seventeenth-century Comenius and eighteenth-century Zinzendorf, the book shows that the Protestant tradition has suitable theological material that can better serve the development of a theology of religious pluralism. Thirdly, the book enters into dialogue with Islam and highlights exciting new approaches to addressing the issues of salvation, the Qur’an and Christology. One critical outcome of the book is that it breaks new ground in showing the limitations of liberation theology and proposes a fascinating, new, pluralism-sensitive hermeneutical approach to contextual theology.

Pluralism and Liberal Democracy

Author: Richard E. Flathman

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801882159

Category: Political Science

Page: 218

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Turns to the task of how to explain, justify, and encourage the concept, practice, and institutionalization of pluralism. By examining and analyzing the accounts and explanations of four philosophers, the author augments the theories of pluralism familiar to students and scholars of politics and political theory.

Persecution and Pluralism

Calvinists and Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe, 1550-1700

Author: Richard Bonney,David J. B. Trim

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039105700

Category: History

Page: 326

View: 5733

This volume provides a historical perspective to the emerging literature on pluralism. The Essays explore the importance of Calvinist's separateness and potent sense of identity.

Law in the Age of Pluralism

Author: Andrei Marmor

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199745111

Category: Law

Page: 312

View: 7900

Law in the Age of Pluralism contains a collection of essays on the intersection of legal and political philosophy. Written within the analytical tradition in jurisprudence, the collection covers a wide range of topics, such as the nature of law and legal theory, the rule of law, the values of democracy and constitutionalism, moral aspects of legal interpretation, the nature of rights, economic equality, and more. The essays in this volume explore issues where law, morality and politics meet, and discuss some of the key challenges facing liberal democracies. Marmor posits that a liberal state must first and foremost respect people's personal autonomy and their differing, though reasonable, conceptions of the good and the just. This basic respect for pluralism is shown to entail a rather skeptical attitude towards grand theories of law and state, such as contemporary constitutionalism or Dworkin's conception of 'law as integrity'. The values of pluralism and respect for autonomy, however, are also employed to justify some of the main aspects of a liberal state, such as the value of democracy, the rule of law, and certain conceptions of equality. The essays are organized in three groups: the first considers the rule of law, democracy and constitutionalism. The second group consists of several essays on the nature of law, legal theory, and their relations to morality. Finally, the collection concludes with essays on the nature of rights, the limits of rights discourse, and the value of economic equality.

The Challenge of Cultural Pluralism

Author: Stephen Brooks

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275970017

Category: Political Science

Page: 190

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Brooks and his contributors examine various aspects of the challenge of cultural pluralism. Together they cover a wide range of national cases, theoretical issues, and empirical research. The collection is intended for all those who have an interest in cultural pluralism, consociationalism, and inter-community relations in societies divided by language, ethnicity, and culture.

Conversion in the Age of Pluralism

Author: Giuseppe Giordan

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004178031

Category: Social Science

Page: 333

View: 7406

The theme of conversion constitutes a privileged point to study the framework linking an individual to the sociocultural contexts in which he or she is included. Changes in personal biographies and sociocultural change are interwoven when we speak of conversion: values, speech, norms, behaviors, beliefs, lifestyles, interests--everything is open to potential debate when an individual "converts." Conversion is especially developed here through a connection with the dynamics of pluralism, which appears to be the most peculiar cultural characteristic of our era: what does it mean to speak of "conversion" in a time in which it seems that the presumption of only one "true" truth no longer exists, while instead many different truths live together, each with its own judgment criteria.

Philosophy in an Age of Pluralism

The Philosophy of Charles Taylor in Question

Author: Charles Taylor,James Tully,Daniel M. Weinstock

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521437424

Category: Philosophy

Page: 273

View: 9579

This is the first comprehensive evaluation of Charles Taylor's work and a major contribution to leading questions in philosophy and the human sciences as they face an increasingly pluralistic age. Charles Taylor is one of the most influential contemporary moral and political philosophers: in an era of specialisation he is one of the few thinkers who has developed a comprehensive philosophy which speaks to the conditions of the modern world in a way that is compelling to specialists in various disciplines. This collection of specially commissioned essays brings together twelve distinguished scholars from a variety of fields to discuss critically Taylor's work. The topics range from the history of philosophy, to truth, modernity and postmodernity, theism, interpretation, the human sciences, liberalism, pluralism and difference. Taylor responds to all the contributions and re-articulates his own views.

Pluralism and the Idea of the Republic in France

Author: N. J. G. Wright,Julian Wright,H. S. Jones

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230272096

Category: History

Page: 270

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The idea of the centralized State has played a powerful role in shaping French republicanism. But for two hundred years, many have tried to find other ways of being French and Republican. These essays challenge the traditional account, bringing together new insights from leading scholars.

The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism

And Why Philosophers Can't Solve It

Author: Thaddeus J. Kozinski

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739141686

Category: Philosophy

Page: 263

View: 4694

"A sophisticated, cumulative case for the moral limitations and metaphysical bankruptcy of liberal political philosophy even in its Catholic (Maritainian) form. Drawing on the much-discussed MacIntyre but going beyond him, the author shows why civil society and the State need a sacral key stone to complete the arch of a comprehensive human good." Aidan Nichols, OP, Blackfriars Cambridge --