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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Connolly is professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University. They refashion existing moral norms without doing away with morals altogether.
Why I Am Not a Secularist — University of Minnesota Press
This kind of exclusion of other voices, specifically secuoarist voices, also creates an environment of hostility and antagonism, one that nurtures in the religious a feeling of disappointment and disdain for the secular public sphere.
Ziauddin Sardar – – The Philosophers’ Magazine 48 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. It thinks of itself as the progeny of the scientific revolution, the elevation of reason, and a mode of cleaning public discourse from dubious metaphysical assumptions and religious beliefs. In response, he crafts a new model of public life that more accurately reflects the needs seculadist contemporary politics.
Adam rated it liked it Jul 16, 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.
Account Options Sign in. It is true that an overly simplistic view of the history of secularism can be misleading.
It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Added to PP index Total downloads 11 noh, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 3of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Connolly has some interesting arguments but is too timid in advocating any solutions.
Sign in via your Institution Sign in. To correct these limitations, Connolly advances a bold new vision of secukarist diversity that 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 faiths openly in the civic forum.
Scientific Pluralism The defining work about a hotly contested scientific topic. He believes that in dealing with controversial issues such as the death penalty, the right to die, and the war on drugs, secularism has failed to recognize the complexity of public views because it has excluded religious and theistic viewpoints.
Why I Am Not a Secularist by William E. Connolly
Although it sounds good on paper, it is most likely impossible in the system we inhabit. For instance, Newton was a frontiersman for science and yet he was a strange kind of Christian alchemist. The truth is that the rise of secularism and secularity is complex, often intertwining cultural, political, economic, social, and religious shifts in understanding.
Kartalculha rated it really liked it Jun 20, Sophia HiHi rated it really liked it Jun 18, Throughout this provocative volume, Connolly presents convincing evidence of the secularisg to refashion secularism to foster a more responsive public life and a more generous political culture.
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For some people and groups, to be contested is to be disrespected. 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.
Home Current Catalogs Blog. According to Connolly, modern day secularism has innumerable problems that it must face.
Deep pluralism and the politics of becoming requires that minority views and asecular philosophies i. Unfortunately pragmatism and fallibilism are not considered virtues in many public venues. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Why I Am Not a Secularist
Return to Book Page. Similarly, contestability happens often in contemporary political discourse, specifically in public debate. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson – – Zygon 47 4: Connolly has articulated a powerful case for a seculariist ethos that is respectful of the essential contestability of social reality and cultivates a generous and forbearing attitude towards political and philosophical differences among various collectivities.
The Contested History of an American Ideal. The author projects an ideal, multidimensional pluralism in which various ethnic, social, religious, and faith groups seek space in a globalized, denaitionized universe.
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. As far as deep pluralism is concerned, I think Connolly is seculraist for pitting secularism against it. In my opinion, if one is going to take a rhyzomatic approach to politics, seculariat would be lead to a socialist perspective.
Cuong Nguyen rated it really liked it Jun 26, Open Preview See a Problem? It asks persons and groups to admit the comparative contestability of their beliefs when engaging in public political discourse. 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. John Locke was another precursor to liberal democracy who argued for The Reasonableness of Christianityand George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln argued for religious freedom from a deistic perspective.
Nancy Sue Love – – Hypatia 17 4: Every perspective that enters into public discourse ought to acknowledge its comparative contestability. By seeking to provide answers to the problems facing a radically diverse society, Connolly may actually be working against deep pluralism. Secularists, as Connolly thinks, have painted an all-too-simple picture of religion and religious beliefs.
One might actually argue that secularism and atheism are the voices being silenced in public political discourse.