David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (4):633-647 (2005)
Jeffrey Stout addresses two of the main criticisms of liberal democracy by its contemporary neotraditionalist Christian critics: that liberal democracy is destructive of social tradition, and thereby of virtue in the citizenry, and that liberal democracy is inherently secular, committed to expunging religious voices from the public arena. I judge that Stout effectively answers these charges: liberal democracy has its own tradition, it cultivates the virtues relevant to that, and it is not inherently hostile to piety. What Stout does not do, I suggest, is take the next step of showing, positively, that Christianity can and should affirm the substance of liberal democratic society. This is due, in good measure, to the fact that Stout never tells us, except in off-hand comments, what he takes the substance of liberal democracy to be. And this, in turn, is due to his way of employing pragmatism: he uses pragmatism to give an account of human society generally, not of liberal democratic society. I raise some questions about the general account that pragmatism gives of human society, and thus about the account that it would give of liberal democracy
|Keywords||virtue norms liberal democracy Christian critics pragmatism secularism tradition social practices accountability discourse moral obligation|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Stephen E. Fow (1991). Could Horace Talk with the Hebrews? Translatability and Moral Disagreement in MacIntyre and Stout. Journal of Religious Ethics 19 (1):1 - 20.
Mislav Kukoc (2008). Liberal Democracy Vs. Neo-Liberal Globalization. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 50:399-406.
John McGowan (2012). Pragmatist Politics: Making the Case for Liberal Democracy. University of Minnesota Press.
Thomas Christiano (2010). The Constitution of Equality: Democratic Authority and Its Limits. OUP Oxford.
G. Scott Davis (2005). The Pragmatic Turn in the Study of Religion. Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (4):659-668.
Bruce R. Sievers (2010). Philanthropy's Role in Liberal Democracy. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24 (4):380-398.
Teodros Kiros (2011). Philosophical Essays. Red Sea Press.
William L. McBride (2006). The End of Liberal Democracy as We Have Known It? Social Philosophy Today 22 (2):117-126.
Peter A. French (2001). The Meaning of Democracy. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 11:105-116.
Gabriel Vargas Lozano (2001). Liberal Democracy and Radical Democracy. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 11:97-103.
Gary Gutting (2004). Jeffrey Stout, Democracy and Tradition:Democracy and Tradition. Ethics 115 (1):169-175.
Jeffrey Stout (2005). Comments on Six Responses to Democracy and Tradition. Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (4):709-744.
Added to index2010-09-14
Total downloads15 ( #110,344 of 1,102,630 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #62,325 of 1,102,630 )
How can I increase my downloads?