Item description for Democracy on Purpose: Justice and the Reality of God (Moral Traditions Series) by Franklin I. Gamwell...
Overview Without appealing to the beliefs of any specific religion, a prominent theologian defends a return to the view that moral and political principles depend on a divine purpose.
Western moral and political theory in the last two centuries has widely held that morality and politics are independent of a divine reality. Claiming that this consensus is flawed, prominent theologian Franklin I. Gamwell argues that there is a necessary relation between moral worth and belief in God. Without appealing to the beliefs of any specific religion, Gamwell defends a return to the view that moral and political principles depend on a divine purpose.
To separate politics from the divine misrepresents the distinctive character of human freedom, Gamwell maintains, and thus prevents a full understanding of the nature of justice. Principles of justice define "democracy on purpose" as the political form in which we pursue the divine good.
Engaging in a dialogue with such major representatives of the dominant consensus as Kant, Habermas, and Rawls, and informed by the philosophical writings of Alfred North Whitehead, this book makes the case for a neoclassical metaphysics that restores a religious sensibility to our political life.
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Studio: Georgetown University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.92" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2002
Publisher Georgetown University Press
ISBN 0878408762 ISBN13 9780878408764
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More About Franklin I. Gamwell
Franklin I. Gamwell is professor of religious ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His books include The Meaning of Religious Freedom: Modern Politics and the Democratic Resolution (SUNY Press, 1995) and The Divine Good: Modern Moral Theory and the Necessity of God (HarperCollins, 1990, and Southern Methodist University Press, 1996).
Franklin I. Gamwell has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Chicago.