Joshua Hordern

in Political Affections

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646814
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744181 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics


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The Introduction opens up the book's focus on the democratic deficit, national loyalty, civic participation, and constitutional patriotism. It suggests that citizens' motives and attitudes may be usefully addressed through examining theories of emotion and their political implications. The introduction then considers the role of the Old and New Testament scriptures in the book before outlining the content of the chapters. The terminology of ‘affection’, ‘emotion’, and ‘passion’ is then discussed and two advantages of the term ‘affection’ are described. The first concerns the history of the term ‘emotion’ and considers Thomas Dixon's analysis of its nineteenth-century emergence while the second looks at past theological uses of ‘affection’ from Augustine to Edwards. The Introduction concludes by explaining why the book was written, namely because ultimate questions about the human condition should be kept at the heart of political discourse.

Keywords: democratic deficit; emotion; passion; terminology; Dixon

Chapter.  5607 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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