But in Why I Am Not a Secularist, distinguished political theorist William E. Connolly argues that secularism, although admirable in its pursuit of freedom and . Why I Am Not a Secularist. By William E. Connolly. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, p. $ – Volume 94 Issue 2 – J. Donald Moon. Why I Am Not a Secularist has 43 ratings and 2 reviews. Katie said: I really enjoyed this book. Connolly provides a unique perspective on themes in secul.
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An Atheist and William Connolly
Cononlly first shows how the secular division between public and private life conceals the vital role of “the visceral register” in public life itself. Then, while elaborating an ethos of engagement that appreciates this element, he examines capital punishment, the War on Drugs, the liberal idea of the nation, the public role of atheism, and the right to die. The traditional formulations of secularism, Connolly contends, underestimate the vitality and complexity of real-life political judgments.
At its best, secularism remains immodest in its claim to provide the authoritative basis for public reason; at its worst, it overlooks possibilities for selective collaboration between religious and nonreligious perspectives in politics.
Why I Am Not a Secularist
To correct these limitations, Connolly advances a bold new vision of public diversity secuoarist acknowledges questions about its own ideology, incorporates a wider variety of ethical views, and honors the desire of believers and nonbelievers alike to represent their faithsopenly in the civic forum.
Throughout this provocative volume, Connolly presents convincing evidence of the need to refashion secularism to foster a more responsive public life and a more generous political culture.
Connolly is professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Religion’s influence in American politics is obvious in recent debates about school prayer, abortion, and homosexuality, as well as in the success of grassroots religious organizations in mobilizing voters. Many liberal secularists decry this trend, rejecting any interaction between politics and religion. But in Why I Am Not a Secularistdistinguished political theorist W Religion’s influence in American politics is obvious in recent debates about school prayer, abortion, and homosexuality, as well as in the success of grassroots religious organizations in mobilizing voters.
Connolly argues that secularism, although admirable in its pursuit of freedom and diversity, too often undercuts these goals through its narrow and intolerant understandings of public reason.
Why I Am Not a Secularist by William E. Connolly
In response, he crafts a new model of public life that more accurately reflects the needs of contemporary politics. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 01, Katie Glanz rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I really enjoyed this book. Connolly provides a unique perspective on themes in secularism including purity, morality as law, and universalism.
He outlines an alternative to secularism’s anti-metaphysical tendencies using ideas found in the works of Foucault, Nietzsche, and Arendt. Connolly’s proposal for radical pluralism and self artistry, as a means to unseat the conservative stranglehold on micro-politics makes for an interesting read.
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