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Pluralism and Faith

William E. Connolly

in Political Theologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226443
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226443.003.0015
Pluralism and Faith

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International relations and geopolitics have come to be fatefully determined by a group of thinkers identified with the legacy of Leo Strauss. In his Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem, Heinrich Meier amplifies and systematizes one of the two central questions obliquely guiding Strauss's earlier works, namely: What constitutes the political, and how does its classical and modern regime moderate or mitigate the age-old relationship between reason and revelation, which, in the history of Western thought, has been variably characterized by antagonism, analogy, co-dependence, and multiple attempts at reconciliation and amalgamation? Meier recalls Strauss's claim, in What Is Political Philosophy?, that we are “compelled to distinguish political philosophy from political theology” and cites his seemingly simple and unambiguous attempt to define their difference. This chapter examines the concept of “deep” or “multidimensional” pluralism, along with practical politics, “existential faith”, and relativism.

Keywords: Leo Strauss; reason; revelation; pluralism; Heinrich Meier; political philosophy; political ideology; practical politics; relativism; existential faith

Chapter.  9909 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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