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Kevin VallierLiberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation

Routledge, 2014

by Robert Talisse on July 1, 2015

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In a liberal democracy, citizens share political power as equals. This means that they must decide laws and policies collectively. Yet they disagree about fundamental questions regarding the value, purpose, and meaning of life. What role should their convictions concerning these matters play in their public activity as citizens? According to familiar answers, citizens must bracket or constrain the role that their religious convictions plays in their public lives. But many religious citizens find this unacceptable. Some of these hold that their religious views should determine law and policy. But that, too, looks unacceptable.

In Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation (Routledge, 2014), Kevin Vallier develops a novel view of the role of religious conviction and reasoning in liberal democracy. On his view, religious citizens will rarely need to constrain the role that their religious convictions play in their public activities. However, Vallier also contends that public officials and institutions cannot determine public policy solely on the basis of religious reasons.

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Kevin Vallier, "Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation" (Routledge, 2014)

July 1, 2015

In a liberal democracy, citizens share political power as equals. This means that they must decide laws and policies collectively. Yet they disagree about fundamental questions regarding the value, purpose, and meaning of life. What role should their convictions concerning these matters play in their public activity as citizens? According to familiar answers, citizens must […]

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Kevin Vallier, "Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation" (Routledge, 2014)

July 1, 2015

In a liberal democracy, citizens share political power as equals. This means that they must decide laws and policies collectively. Yet they disagree about fundamental questions regarding the value, purpose, and meaning of life. What role should their convictions concerning these matters play in their public activity as citizens? According to familiar answers, citizens must […]

Read the full article →

Kevin Vallier, "Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation" (Routledge, 2014)

July 1, 2015

In a liberal democracy, citizens share political power as equals. This means that they must decide laws and policies collectively. Yet they disagree about fundamental questions regarding the value, purpose, and meaning of life. What role should their convictions concerning these matters play in their public activity as citizens? According to familiar answers, citizens must […]

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Christian FuchsCulture and Economy in the Age of Social Media

June 28, 2015

Social media is now a pervasive element of many people's lives. in order to best understand this phenomenon we need a comprehensive theory of the political economy of social media. In Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media (Routledge, 2015), Christian Fuchs, a professor of social media at the University of Westminster, brings together a […]

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Christian Fuchs, "Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media" (Routledge, 2015)

June 28, 2015

Social media is now a pervasive element of many people's lives. in order to best understand this phenomenon we need a comprehensive theory of the political economy of social media. In Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media (Routledge, 2015), Christian Fuchs, a professor of social media at the University of Westminster, brings together a […]

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J. Laurence HareExcavating Nations: Archaeology, Museums, and the German-Danish Borderlands

June 28, 2015

A recent book review I read began with the line "borderlands are back." It's certainly true that more and more historians have used borderland regions as the stage for some excellent work on the construction of national identities (or indifference to them) in recent years. J. Laurence Hare, Associate Professor of History at the University […]

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Caseen GainesWe Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy

June 28, 2015

On the thirtieth anniversary of the film, Caseen Gaines has written We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy (Plume, 2015). The book is an engaging history of the Back to the Future series, from its earliest development through the ups and downs in the making of the three films. Gaines […]

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Alejandro VelascoBarrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela

June 28, 2015

In the mid-1950s, Venezuela's military government razed a massive slum settlement in the heart of Carácas and replaced it with what was at the time one of Latin America's largest public housing projects. When the dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez was overthrown on January 23, 1958, however, thousands of people rushed to occupy the uninhabited portions […]

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Alejandro VelascoBarrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela

June 28, 2015

In the mid-1950s, Venezuela's military government razed a massive slum settlement in the heart of Carácas and replaced it with what was at the time one of Latin America's largest public housing projects. When the dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez was overthrown on January 23, 1958, however, thousands of people rushed to occupy the uninhabited portions […]

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