ISBN : 9780198748069
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.
PART ONE: PUBLIC REASON LIBERALISM
1 The Paradoxical Role of Coercion in the Theory of Political Liberalism
2 An Engagement with Rorty
3 The Justificatory Liberalism of Gerald Gaus
4 What Are the Prospects for Public Reason Liberalism?
PART TWO: RE-THINKING LIBERAL DEMOCRACY
5 Liberal Democracy as Equal Political Voice
6 Exercising One's Political Voice as a Moral Engagement
PART THREE: PERSPECTIVES ON RIGHTS
7 On Secular and Theistic Groundings of Human Rights
8 Grounding the Rights We Have as Human Persons
9 The Right of the People to a Democratic State: Reflections on a Passage in Althusius
10 Accounting for the Political Authority of the State
PART FOUR: LIBERAL DEMOCRACY AND RELIGION
11 Why Can't We All Just Get Along With Each Other?
12 Freedom for Religion
13 Do Christians Have Good Reasons for Supporting Liberal Democracy?
14 A Religious Argument for the Civil Right to Freedom of Religious Exercise, Drawn from American History
15 Habermas on Religion and Postmetaphysical Philosophy in Political Discourse