Benjamin R. Hertzberg, Chains of Persuasion: A Framework for Religion in Democracy

In: Journal of Moral Philosophy
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Political theorists discussing religious contributions to democratic politics have largely focused on debates concerning the ideal of public reason and the duties that it imposes upon citizens. In Chains of Persuasion, Benjamin Hertzberg seeks to broaden the questions that we ask about religious politics, by identifying further dimensions of normative evaluation that (he argues) we ought to apply to it. He does this by conceptualising both democracy and religion as ‘ways of life,’ which include cognitive and value commitments, institutional structures, practices and norms, and understandings of the nature and boundaries of their community (p. 12). This enables

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