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: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 12, 2001
Publisher Georgetown University Press
ISBN 0878408762 ISBN13 9780878408764
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More About Franklin I. Gamwell
Franklin I. Gamwell is Shailer Mathews Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Religious Ethics, Theology, and Philosophy of Religion at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. His many books include Existence and the Good: Metaphysical Necessity in Morals and Politics and The Meaning of Religious Freedom: Modern Politics and the Democratic Resolution, both also published by SUNY Press.
Franklin I. Gamwell has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Chicago.