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Democracy on Purpose: Justice and the Reality of God (Moral Traditions Series) [Paperback]

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Pages   366
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.92"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 12, 2001
Publisher   Georgetown University Press
Age  22
ISBN  0878408762  
EAN  9780878408764  

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Western moral and political theory in the last two centuries has widely held that morality and politics are independent of a divine reality. Claiming that this consensus is flawed, prominent theologian Franklin I. Gamwell argues that there is a necessary relation between moral worth and belief in God. Without appealing to the beliefs of any specific religion, Gamwell defends a return to the view that moral and political principles depend on a divine purpose.

To separate politics from the divine misrepresents the distinctive character of human freedom, Gamwell maintains, and thus prevents a full understanding of the nature of justice. Principles of justice define "democracy on purpose" as the political form in which we pursue the divine good.

Engaging in a dialogue with such major representatives of the dominant consensus as Kant, Habermas, and Rawls, and informed by the philosophical writings of Alfred North Whitehead, this book makes the case for a neoclassical metaphysics that restores a religious sensibility to our political life.

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Franklin I. Gamwell is professor of religious ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His books include The Meaning of Religious Freedom: Modern Politics and the Democratic Resolution (SUNY Press, 1995) and The Divine Good: Modern Moral Theory and the Necessity of God (HarperCollins, 1990, and Southern Methodist University Press, 1996).

Franklin I. Gamwell has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Chicago.

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