Democratic Tolerance and Religious Obligation in a Globalized World

Robert Audi

in Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199796083
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919345 | DOI:
Democratic Tolerance and Religious Obligation in a Globalized World

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This chapter develops the theory of church-state separation and the ethics of citizenship set out in chapters 2 and 3. It makes a case for both toleration and forgiveness as elements in a flourishing democracy. It sketches an account of civic virtue and shows how achieving that is possible both for secular citizens and for those whose public conduct is guided largely by their religion. Widening its focus to the globalized world we live in, the chapter contrasts cosmopolitanism with nationalism and suggests how citizenship—nationally and internationally—should reflect the principles proposed in the book.

Keywords: civic virtue; cosmopolitanism; forgiveness; international affairs; love commandments; nationalism; rational disagreement; religion in the workplace; rights; tolerance

Chapter.  14846 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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