Religion and the Common Good: Catholic Contributions to Building Community in a Liberal Society

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Januar 1999



The term common good has often been ill-defined or undefined in political, philosophical, and theological discourses. Brian Stiltner seeks to repair this deficit in his study Religion and the Common Good. He explores the meaning of the common good and the prospects for pursuing it in a liberal society. Focusing on the conceptions of common good in liberalism and communitarianism--the former stressing individual rights and social tolerance, the latter stressing a community 's shared history and social practices--Stiltner argues that the two theories are not as irreconcilable as they seem, that they can be combined into a communal liberalism.


Chapter 1 The Enlightenment as Problem and Resource: Locke and Mendelssohn on the Common Good Chapter 2 Religion as a Source of Social Unity I: Rawls and Sandel Chapter 3 Linking Liberalism and Communitarianism Through Common Good Theory: Maritain's Method Chapter 4 Religion as a Source of Social Unity II: Maritain's Public Philosophy Chapter 5 Creating a Politic of the Common Good: A Case Study of the Abortion Debate


Brian Stiltner is assistant professor of religious studies at Sacred Heart University.


Stiltner achieves a level of lucidity and clarity that untangles the complex philosophical issues surrounding the role of religion in promoting the common good. He provides an excellent layout of the essential terms and their lexical variants, as well as the competing philosophical claims and implications of the multi-faceted liberal-communitarian-Catholic dialogue of the common good. This book makes a significant contribution to the field of political philosophy by developing the unique resources within Roman Catholic social thought that can contribute to debates on religion's role in a contemporary liberal society. Journal Of Church and State This book can be highly recommended to anyone interested in the place of religious beliefs in today's public square. Theology Today There is much to admire here. Stiltner clearly accomplishes what he sets out to do-to indicate the availability for contemporary thought of an alternative approach to the common good that might address concerns about the loss of common life. And he does this with admirable clarity, detail, and nuance. Journal of the American Academy of Religion
EAN: 9780847694365
ISBN: 0847694364
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 1999
Seitenanzahl: 212 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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