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Private consciences and public reasons [electronic resource] /
Kent Greenawalt.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
description
xii, 225 p. : ill.
ISBN
0195094190 (Paper)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
isbn
0195094190 (Paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
catalogue key
7372545
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-218) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kent Greenawalt, University Professor at Columbia University, has been Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University Law School.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1996-04:
Greenawalt expands on his prior research (Religious Convictions and Political Choice) to provoke thought and discussion on the role of religion and the resolution of political controversies in liberal democracies, particularly the US. His useful summary of the views of leading theorists such as Robert Audi, Charles Larmore, John Rawls, and Stephen Carter provides a range of possible approaches to the ways democracy might debate and decide issues of public policy in an environment of cultural and religious diversity. The author takes a moderate and somewhat pragmatic position, arguing that convictions informed by religious and similar attitudes have implications for the way we live and for standards of justice. Too often these views may be arbitrarily excluded from public debate, but the ultimate health of the polity requires considerable self-restraint as well. This is particularly true for public officials and judges who must decide and defend policy choices based on "public" considerations. Greenawalt believes the conventions that have evolved in the US serve citizens quite well. Although its conclusions may not satisfy readers at either extreme of this important political controversy, the book is comprehensive, thought-provoking, and well worth reading. Graduate; faculty. W. R. Swanson; Connecticut College
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Review Quotes
"Comprehensive, thought-provoking, and well worth reading."--Choice
"Comprehensive, thought-provoking, and well worth reading."--Choice "This fine book represents and advances the current state of the debate. It is essential reading for all who are interested in questions about religious political argument in contemporary liberal democracies."--Paul J. Weithman, University of Notre Dame "Essential reading for all who want to struggle with the question of religion in politics."--Michael J. Perry, Howard J. Trienens Chair in Law, Northwestern University "Its engaging narrative and far-reaching argumentation make it an indispensable resource for political and legal theorists, social critics, journalists, and many others."--Robert Audi, University of Nebraska "This book is a masterpiece of thoughtful and penetrating analysis by the leading scholar in the field....Clergy, public officials, and lay readers will be especially impressed by the clarity and sensitivity of his arguments."--Edward B. Foley, Ohio State University
"Comprehensive, thought-provoking, and well worth reading."-- Choice "This fine book represents and advances the current state of the debate. It is essential reading for all who are interested in questions about religious political argument in contemporary liberal democracies."--Paul J. Weithman, University of Notre Dame "Essential reading for all who want to struggle with the question of religion in politics."--Michael J. Perry, Howard J. Trienens Chair in Law, Northwestern University "Its engaging narrative and far-reaching argumentation make it an indispensable resource for political and legal theorists, social critics, journalists, and many others."--Robert Audi, University of Nebraska "This book is a masterpiece of thoughtful and penetrating analysis by the leading scholar in the field....Clergy, public officials, and lay readers will be especially impressed by the clarity and sensitivity of his arguments."--Edward B. Foley, Ohio State University
"Comprehensive, thought-provoking, and well worth reading."--Choice "This fine book represents and advances the current state of the debate. It is essential reading for all who are interested in questions about religious political argument in contemporary liberal democracies."--Paul J. Weithman,University of Notre Dame "Essential reading for all who want to struggle with the question of religion in politics."--Michael J. Perry,Howard J. Trienens Chair in Law, Northwestern University "Its engaging narrative and far-reaching argumentation make it an indispensable resource for political and legal theorists, social critics, journalists, and many others."--Robert Audi,University of Nebraska "This book is a masterpiece of thoughtful and penetrating analysis by the leading scholar in the field....Clergy, public officials, and lay readers will be especially impressed by the clarity and sensitivity of his arguments."--Edward B. Foley,Ohio State University
"Essential reading for all who want to struggle with the question of religion in politics."--Michael J. Perry, Howard J. Trienens Chair in Law, Northwestern University
"Essential reading for all who want to struggle with the question ofreligion in politics."--Michael J. Perry, Howard J. Trienens Chair in Law,Northwestern University
"Even those who disagree with Professor Greenawalt's conclusions will appreciate the depth and richness of his analysis."--David M. Smolin, Samford University
"Even those who disagree with Professor Greenawalt's conclusions willappreciate the depth and richness of his analysis."--David M. Smolin, SamfordUniversity
"Greenawalt's book offers the most searching and meticulous analysis to date of a question--what role should religious belief play in political decisionmaking?--that is vital not only to religious freedom but to the very meaning of democracy."--Steven D. Smith, University of Colorado
"Greenawalt's book offers the most searching and meticulous analysis todate of a question--what role should religious belief play in politicaldecisionmaking?--that is vital not only to religious freedom but to the verymeaning of democracy."--Steven D. Smith, University of Colorado
"Greenawalt's new and powerful book shows how a common commitment to liberal principles can join with the pursuit of divergent religious and ethical ideals to sustain and enrich the public life of liberal democracies. His is a political philosophy as generous as it is subtle."--CharlesLarmore, Columbia University
"Greenawalt's new and powerful book shows how a common commitment toliberal principles can join with the pursuit of divergent religious and ethicalideals to sustain and enrich the public life of liberal democracies. His is apolitical philosophy as generous as it is subtle."--Charles Larmore, ColumbiaUniversity
"Its engaging narrative and far-reaching argumentation make it an indispensable resource for political and legal theorists, social critics, journalists, and many others."--Robert Audi, University of Nebraska
"Its engaging narrative and far-reaching argumentation make it anindispensable resource for political and legal theorists, social critics,journalists, and many others."--Robert Audi, University of Nebraska
"...The best survey of the comtemporary debate over "public reason" youwill find anywhere. The greatest virtue of Greenawalt's fine book is that herejects liberal dogmatism."--Hastings Center Report
"...The best survey of the contemporary debate over "public reason" you will find anywhere. The greatest virtue of Greenawalt's fine book is that he rejects liberal dogmatism."--Hastings Center Report
"This book is a masterpiece of thoughtful and penetrating analysis by the leading scholar in the field....Clergy, public officials, and lay readers will be especially impressed by the clarity and sensitivity of his arguments."--Edward B. Foley, Ohio State University
"This book is a masterpiece of thoughtful and penetrating analysis by theleading scholar in the field....Clergy, public officials, and lay readers willbe especially impressed by the clarity and sensitivity of hisarguments."--Edward B. Foley, Ohio State University
"This fine book represents and advances the current state of the debate. It is essential reading for all who are interested in questions about religious political argument in contemporary liberal democracies."--Paul J. Weithman, University of Notre Dame
"This fine book represents and advances the current state of the debate.It is essential reading for all who are interested in questions about religiouspolitical argument in contemporary liberal democracies."--Paul J. Weithman,University of Notre Dame
"With persistent reasonableness and lucidity, Greenawalt shows issues to be more complex than others have recognized: religion cannot be walled out of political and legal deliberations (as some have urged), but restraining principles are clearly needed. He then proposes intriguing resolutionsthat mix creativity with common sense."--Richard Fallon, Harvard University
"With persistent reasonableness and lucidity, Greenawalt shows issues tobe more complex than others have recognized: religion cannot be walled out ofpolitical and legal deliberations (as some have urged), but restrainingprinciples are clearly needed. He then proposes intriguing resolutions that mixcreativity with common sense."--Richard Fallon, Harvard University
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Summaries
Long Description
Within democratic societies, a deep division exists over the nature of community and the grounds for political life. Should the political order be neutral between competing conceptions of the good life or should it be based on some such conception? This book addresses one crucial set of problems raised by this division: What bases should officials and citizens employ in reaching political decisions and justifying their positions? Should they feel free to rely on whatever groundsseem otherwise persuasive to them, like religious convictions, or should they restrict themselves to "public reasons," reasons that are shared within the society or arise from the premises of liberal democracy? Kent Greenawalt argues that fundamental premises of liberal democracy alone do notprovides answers to these questions, that much depends on historical and cultural contexts. After examining past and current practices and attitudes in the United States, he offers concrete suggestions for appropriate principles relevant to American society today. This incisive and timely analysis by one of our leading legal philosophers should attract a wide and diverse readership of scholars, practitioners, and concerned citizens.
Main Description
Within democratic societies, a deep division exists over the nature of community and the grounds for political life. Should the political order be neutral between competing conceptions of the good life or should it be based on some such conception? This book addresses one crucial set ofproblems raised by this division: What bases should officials and citizens employ in reaching political decisions and justifying their positions? Should they feel free to rely on whatever grounds seem otherwise persuasive to them, like religious convictions, or should they restrict themselves to"public reasons," reasons that are shared within the society or arise from the premises of liberal democracy? Kent Greenawalt argues that fundamental premises of liberal democracy alone do not provides answers to these questions, that much depends on historical and cultural contexts. Afterexamining past and current practices and attitudes in the United States, he offers concrete suggestions for appropriate principles relevant to American society today. This incisive and timely analysis by one of our leading legal philosophers should attract a wide and diverse readership of scholars,practitioners, and concerned citizens.
Main Description
Within democratic societies, a deep division exists over the nature of community and the grounds for political life. Should the political order be neutral between competing conceptions of the good life or should it be based on some such conception? This book addresses one crucial set of problems raised by this division: What bases should officials and citizens employ in reaching political decisions and justifying their positions? Should they feel free to rely on whatever grounds seem otherwise persuasive to them, like religious convictions, or should they restrict themselves to "public reasons," reasons that are shared within the society or arise from the premises of liberal democracy? Kent Greenawalt argues that fundamental premises of liberal democracy alone do not provides answers to these questions, that much depends on historical and cultural contexts. After examining past and current practices and attitudes in the United States, he offers concrete suggestions for appropriate principles relevant to American society today. This incisive and timely analysis by one of our leading legal philosophers should attract a wide and diverse readership of scholars, practitioners, and concerned citizens.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Settling Sretna Bosnap. 12
Accessible and Nonaccessible Grounds of Political Decisionp. 23
Religious Grounds and Grounds Based on Other Comprehensive Perspectivesp. 39
Simple Arguments for No Restraint: Some Answers and Necessary Qualificationsp. 51
Restraint as to Religious Grounds: Separation of Church and Statep. 62
Excluding Grounds That Are Nonaccessible, Based on Comprehensive Views, or Based on Controversial Ideas of the Good Lifep. 72
Acceptable and Unacceptable Religious Grounds?p. 85
No Restraint: Arguments from Religious Freedom, Equality, and Enrichmentp. 96
Self-Restraint on Fundamentalsp. 106
Autonomy, Generality, and Foundations of Principles of Restraintp. 121
Self-Restraint in Decision and Advocacy and Public Rolesp. 134
Judicial Decisions and Opinionsp. 141
Decision and Advocacy by Legislators and Citizensp. 151
Religious Organizations and Political Lifep. 165
Conclusionp. 180
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 219
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