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    What's Wrong with 'Compassion'? Towards a Political, Philosophical and Theological Context.Joshua Hordern - 2013 - Clinical Ethics 8 (4):91-97.
    In some popular and political discourse, ‘compassion’ is commonly conceived as a simple or ‘given’ aspect of the world. And yet public discussion also focusses on whether ‘compassion' has gone wrong in some way, suggesting that there might be various more or less satisfactory versions of compassion. At the same time, some thinkers doubt whether compassion should any longer be expected of those working in healthcare. This article draws on philosophical and theological resources to argue that the conceptual context which (...)
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    From a Pinch to an Open Hand: Appeals to the Evolution of Cooperation in Contemporary Political Thought.Joshua Hordern - 2013 - Studies in Christian Ethics 26 (2):140-151.
    This article considers the political significance of game theoretical notions of cooperation by responding theologically to the writings of David Willetts, a minister in the UK government. The argument is that the forms of cooperative institutional life which societies require can be neither explained nor planned for solely by mathematical modelling of rational self-interest. What altruistic, civic cooperation depends upon is a complex web of affective trust, often theologically formed by open-handed faith rather than a self-protective pinch, so that wise (...)
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    New Conversations in Islamic and Christian Political Thought.Joshua Hordern & Afifi al-Akiti - 2016 - Studies in Christian Ethics 29 (2):131-134.
    The focus of this project, New Conversations in Islamic and Christian Political Thought, concerns the ‘pre-modern’ or ‘long’ traditions of political thought in Islam and Christianity. The renaissance in Christian political thought since World War II has not yet witnessed a sustained engagement with Islamic political thought. Meanwhile, the interface of religion and political life has increasingly become a major focus of academic and public discourse. By exploring the varied traditions of Islam and Christianity, this project seeks to retrieve and (...)
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    Political Affections: Civic Participation and Moral Theology.Joshua Hordern - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
    A theological treatment of the role of affections such as joy, compassion, and shame in contemporary politics. Hordern discusses what affections are and how they play a role in parts of political life such as representation and law. He shows that affections have an intelligent role to play in fostering loyalty, trust and public moral reasoning.
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