Author: William E. Connolly

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822387085

Category: Philosophy

Page: 206

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Over the past two decades, the renowned political theorist William E. Connolly has developed a powerful theory of pluralism as the basis of a territorial politics. In this concise volume, Connolly launches a new defense of pluralism, contending that it has a renewed relevance in light of pressing global and national concerns, including the war in Iraq, the movement for a Palestinian state, and the fight for gay and lesbian rights. Connolly contends that deep, multidimensional pluralism is the best way to promote justice and inclusion without violence. He advocates a deep pluralism—in contrast to shallow, secular pluralism—that helps to create space for different groups to bring their religious faiths into the public realm. This form of deep pluralism extends far beyond faith, encompassing multiple dimensions of social and personal lives, including household organization and sexuality. Connolly looks at pluralism not only in light of faith but also in relation to evil, ethics, relativism, globalization, and sovereignty. In the process, he engages many writers and theorists—among them, Spinoza, William James, Henri Bergson, Marcel Proust, Gilles Deleuze, Giorgio Agamben, Talal Asad, Michael Hardt, and Antonio Negri. Pluralism is the first book in which Connolly explains the relationship between pluralism and the experience of time, and he offers readings of several films that address how time is understood, including Time Code, Far from Heaven, Waking Life, and The Maltese Falcon. In this necessary book Connolly brings a compelling, accessible philosophical critique together with his personal commitment to an inclusive political agenda to suggest how we might—and why we must—cultivate pluralism within both society and ourselves.


Author: Peter Lassman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745637248

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 8037

The problem of value pluralism permeates modern political philosophy. Its presence can be felt even when it is not explicitly the central topic under investigation. Political thinkers such as Max Weber, Isaiah Berlin and Stuart Hampshire derive pessimistic, sometimes tragic, conclusions from their reflections upon pluralism. On the other hand, there is a more optimistic view represented by John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas that sees value pluralism as a problem that is easier to live with. This book presents the first accessible overview for both post- and undergraduate students of the way in which this problem has been understood and responded to by modern political thinkers.

American Cultural Pluralism and Law

Author: Jill Norgren,Serena Nanda

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275986995

Category: History

Page: 287

View: 4711

Previous editions published : 1996 (2nd) and 1988 (1st).

Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada

Author: Richard J. Moon

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774858532

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada seeks to elucidate the complex and often uneasy relationship between law and religion in democracies committed both to equal citizenship and religious pluralism. Leading socio-legal scholars consider the role of religious values in public decision making, government support for religious practices, and the restriction and accommodation by government of minority religious practices. They examine such current issues as the legal recognition of sharia arbitration, the re-definition of civil marriage, and the accommodation of religious practice in the public sphere.

Emancipating Cultural Pluralism

Author: Cris E. Toffolo

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791487495

Category: Political Science

Page: 292

View: 8241

Examines both the benign and harmful aspects of identity politics.

Reconstructing Political Pluralism

Author: Avigail I. Eisenberg

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791425619

Category: Political Science

Page: 211

View: 1871

This reappraisal of the pluralist tradition systematically explores accounts of political pluralism offered by James, Dewey, Figgis, Cole, Laski, Follett, and Dahl and shows how each variant contains a distinct account of the relation between group power, individual interest, and self-development. These historical accounts provide the resources with which Eisenberg reconstructs a democratic theory of political pluralism. At the center of political pluralism, she argues, is a pluralist approach to self-development that can address the key ambiguities of identity politics and provide a more effective means to balance the power relations between individuals and communities than can individualist or communitarian approaches.


The Philosophy and Politics of Diversity

Author: Maria Baghramian,Attracta Ingram

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317835077

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 6793

Cultural, moral and religious diversity is a pervasive feature of modern life, yet has only recently become the focus of intellectual debate. Pluralism is the first book to tackle philosophical pluralism and link pluralist themes in philosophy to politics. A range of essays investigates the philosophical sources of pluralism, the value of pluralism and liberalism, and difference in pluralism, including writings on women and the public-private distinction. This is a valuable source for students of philosophy, politics and cultural studies.

Environmental Justice and the New Pluralism

The Challenge of Difference for Environmentalism

Author: David Schlosberg

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191522376

Category: Political Science

Page: 236

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In the first ever theoretical treatment of the environmental justice movement, David Schlosberg demonstrates the development of a new form of `critical' pluralism, in both theory and practice. Taking into account the evolution of environmentalism and pluralism over the course of the century, the author argues that the environmental justice movement and new pluralist theories now represent a considerable challenge to both conventional pluralist thought and the practices of the major groups in the US environmental movement. Much of recent political theory has been aimed at how to acknowledge and recognize, rather than deny, the diversity inherent in contemporary life. In practice, the myriad ways people define and experience the `environment' has given credence to a form of environmentalism that takes difference seriously. The environmental justice movement, with its base in diversity, its networked structure, and its communicative practices and demands, exemplifies the attempt to design political practices beyond those one would expect from a standard interest group in the conventional pluralist model.

Proselytizing and the Limits of Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Asia

Author: Juliana Finucane,R. Michael Feener

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9814451185

Category: Religion

Page: 269

View: 6305

This volume brings together a range of critical studies that explore diverse ways in which processes of globalization pose new challenges and offer new opportunities for religious groups to propagate their beliefs in contemporary Asian contexts. Proselytizing tests the limits of religious pluralism, as it is a practice that exists on the border of tolerance and intolerance. The practice of proselytizing presupposes not only that people are freely-choosing agents and that religion itself is an issue of individual preference. At the same time, however, it also raises fraught questions about belonging to particular communities and heightens the moral stakes in involved in such choices. In many contemporary Asian societies, questions about the limits of acceptable proselytic behavior have taken on added urgency in the current era of globalization. Recognizing this, the studies brought together here serve to develop our understandings of current developments as it critically explores the complex ways in which contemporary contexts of religious pluralism in Asia both enable, and are threatened by, projects of proselytization.

Pluralism and Identity

Studies in Ritual Behaviour

Author: Jan. G. Platvoet,Karel Van Der Toorn

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004103733

Category: Religion

Page: 376

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The essays collected in this book discuss ritual behaviour, particularly of religious groups, in plural and pluralist societies and in ancient as well as modern times. The strategic use of rituals is highlighted. Several theoretical analyses and a broad range of historical and ethnographic descriptions are offered.

Pluralism, Politics and the Marketplace

The Regulation of German Broadcasting

Author: Suzanne Hasselbach,Vincent Porter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134938527

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 6153

Since the mid-1980s, broadcasting in the Federal Republic of Germany has been extensively re-regulated. The traditional duopoly of the public broadcasters Ard and ZDF has been challenged by new private networks in both radio and television. In two historic judgements handed down in 1986 and 1987, the Federal Constitutional Court set out terms for a new dual order of private and public broadcasting. But how were the guidelines of the court interpreted in practice? Pluralism, Politics and the Marketplace traces the economic and political influences which shaped the emergence of a pluralistic broadcasting system in the federal republic, and examines the conflicts between public and private broadcasting, both in West Germany and in the European Community as a whole.

The Politics of Belonging

Nationalism, Liberalism, and Pluralism

Author: Alain Dieckhoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780739108253

Category: Philosophy

Page: 294

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The Politics of Belonging represents an innovative collaboration between political theorists and political scientists for the purposes of investigating the liberal and pluralistic traditions of nationalism. Alain Dieckhoff introduces an indispensable collection of work for anyone dealing with questions of identity, ethnicity, and nationalism.

Pluralism in Political Analysis

Author: William E. Connolly

Publisher: AldineTransaction

ISBN: 1412843472

Category: Political Science

Page: 261

View: 4989

Originally published: The bias of pluralism. New York: Atherton, 1969.

Pluralism and Liberal Democracy

Author: Richard E. Flathman

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801882159

Category: Political Science

Page: 218

View: 1123

Turns to the task of how to explain, justify, and encourage the concept, practice, and institutionalization of pluralism. By examining and analyzing the accounts and explanations of four philosophers, the author augments the theories of pluralism familiar to students and scholars of politics and political theory.

Persecution and Pluralism

Calvinists and Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe, 1550-1700

Author: Richard Bonney,David J. B. Trim

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039105700

Category: History

Page: 326

View: 2505

This volume provides a historical perspective to the emerging literature on pluralism. The Essays explore the importance of Calvinist's separateness and potent sense of identity.

Pluralism at Yale

The Culture of Political Science in America

Author: Richard M. Merelman

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299184148

Category: History

Page: 325

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Pluralism at Yale: The Culture of Political Science in America explores the relationship between personal experience and academic theories of American politics. Through a detailed examination of the Yale University Department of Political Science between 1955 and 1970, including interviews with many of the political scientists involved, this book traces the way "pluralism," a predominately optimistic theory of American democracy which the Yale department helped to develop in those years, helped to support the American political regime. Merelman also analyzes the impact of social and political events on the decline of Yale pluralism and describes pluralism's continued political relevance today. Included are discussions of McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War.

The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism

And Why Philosophers Can't Solve It

Author: Thaddeus J. Kozinski

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739141708

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 1800

This book examines three notable philosophers' attempts to solve the political problem of religious pluralism: John Rawls, Jacques Maritain, and Alasdair MacIntyre. Although many philosophers have grappled with this problem, what has not been sufficiently explored is the reciprocal relationship of foundational belief to political theory and political theory to political practice. Kozinski, using thorough research and a high level of philosophical discourse, deals with these issues directly and astutely demonstrates how any solution that does not incorporate both political philosophy and political theology is doomed to fail.

Law in the Age of Pluralism

Author: Andrei Marmor

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199745111

Category: Law

Page: 312

View: 670

Law in the Age of Pluralism contains a collection of essays on the intersection of legal and political philosophy. Written within the analytical tradition in jurisprudence, the collection covers a wide range of topics, such as the nature of law and legal theory, the rule of law, the values of democracy and constitutionalism, moral aspects of legal interpretation, the nature of rights, economic equality, and more. The essays in this volume explore issues where law, morality and politics meet, and discuss some of the key challenges facing liberal democracies. Marmor posits that a liberal state must first and foremost respect people's personal autonomy and their differing, though reasonable, conceptions of the good and the just. This basic respect for pluralism is shown to entail a rather skeptical attitude towards grand theories of law and state, such as contemporary constitutionalism or Dworkin's conception of 'law as integrity'. The values of pluralism and respect for autonomy, however, are also employed to justify some of the main aspects of a liberal state, such as the value of democracy, the rule of law, and certain conceptions of equality. The essays are organized in three groups: the first considers the rule of law, democracy and constitutionalism. The second group consists of several essays on the nature of law, legal theory, and their relations to morality. Finally, the collection concludes with essays on the nature of rights, the limits of rights discourse, and the value of economic equality.