Liberal Politics and Public Faith: A Philosophical Reconciliation
Keywordspolitics and religion
religion in politics
faith in politics
AdvisorGaus, Gerald F.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractPolitical philosophers widely assume that public reason liberalism is hostile to religious contributions to liberal politics. My dissertation argues that this assumption is a mistake. Properly understood, public reason liberalism does not privilege religious or secular reasoning; a compelling conception of public reason liberalism can balance the claims of secular citizens and citizens of faith. I develop a framework that can resolve the tensions between liberalism and faith not only at a theoretical level but in the practical matters of dialogue, public policy, institutional design and constitutional law.
Degree ProgramGraduate College