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Introduction: Pious Discourses of Democracy

Adrian Little

in Democratic Piety

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633654
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652709 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633654.003.0001
Introduction: Pious Discourses of Democracy

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Religion has long been a target for the critical weaponry of modern political philosophy. This book recognises the validity of many secular critiques of religion and the way in which they identify the potential perils of traditional modes of authority. It also suggests that religious faith can become a way of avoiding the realities and exigencies of contemporary political problems. Most discussions of the relationship between religion and democracy in contemporary Western political philosophy approach the subject from the perspective of acceptance of the prime objectives and methods of democratic processes.

Keywords: modern political philosophy; religion; religious faith; political problems; democratic processes

Chapter.  7352 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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