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    Brian T. Trainor (2003). Foucault and the Politics of Difference. Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (5):563-580.
    In this article I consider Foucault's credentials as a postmodern `champion' of the `politics of difference'. First, however, I note that the familiar expression `the postmodern politics of difference' is in fact self-contradictory, or at least it is a contradiction in terms if we concede that the ongoing ethical/normative task confronting politics is the unifying or synthesizing of differences and if we accept, with pleasure or dismay, that postmodernism exhibits a profoundly suspicious attitude towards this ethical task and towards moral (...)
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    Brian T. Trainor (2011). A Trinitarian Theology of Law: In Conversation with Jurgen Moltmann, Oliver O'Donovan and Thomas Aquinas. By David H. McIlroy. Heythrop Journal 52 (5):844-845.
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    Brian T. Trainor (1992). The State, Marriage and Divorce. Journal of Applied Philosophy 9 (2):135-148.
    ABSTRACT This essay advances several interrelated arguments concerning the proper role of the state with regard to marriage and divorce but my main contention is that ‘pure’no‐fault divorce laws are unjust—or, at least, they are unjust if marriage involves a genuinely contractual element, and there seems to be very little doubt that it does. Locke, Kant and Hegel are three eminent thinkers who are alike in viewing marriage as a contract and in the first two sections of the essay I (...)
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    Brian T. Trainor (2006). The State as the Mystical Foundation of Authority. Philosophy and Social Criticism 32 (6):767-779.
    In this article I argue that Jacques Derrida is correct in holding that the law is always an authorized force but that he is mistaken in suggesting that its ultimate font or origin (what he calls the ‘mystical foundation of authority’) is an originary or ‘foundationalional’ act of violence. I suggest that Derrida and, more recently, Jens Bartelson fall prey to a curious, one-sided narrow view of ‘foundationalism’ and contrast their overly ‘architecturalized’ image of the ‘foundation’ of authority with the (...)
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    Brian T. Trainor (2007). Theorising Post-Secular Society. Philosophy and Theology 19 (1/2):95-124.
    In this article, I speak self-consciously as a man of faith addressing both believers and non-believers, but with the latter especially in mind. I suggest that we are currently witnessing (i) a highly significant departure from the ‘old’ model of liberal society that championed a sacred-secular divide, where the state was (only) a neutral umpire with a deliberately cultivated attitude of ‘studied public indifference’ to the ‘inner life’ of the vast host of (private) associations that itwas obliged to impartially regulate, (...)
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    Brian T. Trainor (2011). Augustine's 'Sacred Reign‐Secular Rule' Conception of the State; a Bridge From the West's' Foundational Roots to its Post‐Secular Destiny, and Between 'the West' and 'the Rest'. Heythrop Journal 54 (5):373-387.
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    Brian T. Trainor (2010). Augustine's Glorious City of God as Principle of the Political. Heythrop Journal 51 (4):543-553.
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    Brian T. Trainor (2011). The Trinity and Male Headship of the Family. Heythrop Journal 52 (5):724-738.
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    Brian T. Trainor (2011). The Trinitarian Self: The Key to the Puzzle of Violence. By Charles K. Bellinger. Heythrop Journal 52 (5):847-849.
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    Brian T. Trainor (2001). Social Work, Social Policy, and Truth. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 15 (2):239-254.
    In this article, I wish to suggest that the relationship of social work and social policy to “Truth” is of crucial importance for sound professional practice, and I attempt to substantiate this claim by analyzing and highlighting the very harmful consequences of ignoring, dismissing or distorting this relationship. I will show that these very definite and deleterious consequences inevitably arise as soon as Foucauldian postmodernists attempt to cut the link between professional practice in social work and social policy, and the (...)
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    Brian T. Trainor (2011). Disciplining the Divine: Towards an (Im)Political Theology. By Paul Fletcher. Heythrop Journal 52 (5):840-844.
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    Brian T. Trainor (2000). The Challenge of Postmodernism to the Human Service Professions. Journal of Applied Philosophy 17 (1):81–92.
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    Brian T. Trainor (2008). Politics as the Quest for Unity Perspectivism, Incommensurable Values and Agonistic Politics. Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (8):905-924.
    In this article I argue against the view, recently espoused by several authors, that the `incommensurability of values' and `political pespectivism' offer us decisive reasons as to why we should break the link between representation and unity. I hold that it is of paramount importance to retain this essential link. Since Sir Isaiah Berlin has played a major role in linking `politics as the quest for unity and the common good' with the `totalitarian temptation', I proceed to show how it (...)
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    Brian T. Trainor (2011). Pannenberg on the Triune God. By Iain Taylor. Heythrop Journal 52 (5):833-834.
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    Brian T. Trainor (2005). Back to the Future The Emancipatory Essence of the State. European Journal of Political Theory 4 (4):413-428.
    In this article I argue that the kind of ethical-metaphysical theory of the state that we broadly associate with idealist political philosophy provides us with a theoretical account of the state that is both sound and insightful and that, far from having been consigned to the dustbin of history by the hostile criticisms to which it has been subjected in the 20th century , it still remains the most profound and powerful account of the state available to the political science (...)
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    Brian T. Trainor (2003). The Human Service 'Disciplines' and Social Work: The Foucault Effect. World Heritage Press.
     
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    Brian T. Trainor (2015). As Christ Submits to the Church; A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission. By Alan G. Padgett. Pp. 176, BakerAcademic, 2011, $19.99. [REVIEW] Heythrop Journal 56 (5):867-868.
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