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Adrian Little

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633654

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633654.001.0001

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Introduction: Pious Discourses of Democracy

Introduction: Pious Discourses of Democracy

(p.1) Introduction: Pious Discourses of Democracy
Democratic Piety

Adrian Little

Edinburgh University Press

Religion has long been a target for the critical weaponry of modern political philosophy. This book recognises the validity of many secular critiques of religion and the way in which they identify the potential perils of traditional modes of authority. It also suggests that religious faith can become a way of avoiding the realities and exigencies of contemporary political problems. Most discussions of the relationship between religion and democracy in contemporary Western political philosophy approach the subject from the perspective of acceptance of the prime objectives and methods of democratic processes.

Keywords:   modern political philosophy, religion, religious faith, political problems, democratic processes

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