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The Resource The secular conscience : why belief belongs in public life, Austin Dacey

The secular conscience : why belief belongs in public life, Austin Dacey

Label
The secular conscience : why belief belongs in public life
Title
The secular conscience
Title remainder
why belief belongs in public life
Statement of responsibility
Austin Dacey
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"From Washington to the Vatican to Tehran, religion is a public matter as never before, and secular values - individual autonomy, pluralism, separation of religion and state, and freedom of conscience - are attacked on all sides and defended by few. The godly claim a monopoly on the language of morality, while secular liberals stand accused of standing for nothing." "Secular liberals did not lose their moral compass: they gave it away. For generations, too many have insisted that questions of conscience - religion, ethics, and values - are "private matters" that have no place in public debate. Ironically, this ideology hinders them from subjecting religion to due scrutiny when it encroaches on individual rights, and from unabashedly advocating their own moral vision in politics for fear of "imposing" their beliefs on others." "In his new book, philosopher Austin Dacey calls for a bold rethinking of the nature of conscience and its role in public life. Inspired by an earlier liberal tradition that he traces to Spinoza and John Stuart Mill, Dacey urges liberals to lift their self-imposed gag order and defend a renewed secularism based on the objective moral value of conscience. Dacey compares conscience to the free press in an open society: it is protected from coercion and control, not because it is private, but because it has a vital role in the public sphere. It is free, but not liberated from shared standards of truth and right. It must come before any and all faiths, for it is what tells us whether or not to believe. In this way, conscience supplies a shared vocabulary for meaningful dialogue in a diverse society, and an ethical lingua franca in which to address the world."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dacey, Austin
Dewey number
211/.6
Index
index present
LC call number
BL2747.8
LC item number
.D23 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Secularism
  • Religion and ethics
  • Religion and politics
Label
The secular conscience : why belief belongs in public life, Austin Dacey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How secularism lost its soul -- Why belief belongs in public life (and unbelievers should be glad) -- Spinoza's guide to theocracy -- Why there are no religions of the book -- Has God found science? -- Darwin made me do it -- Original virtue -- The search for the theory of everyone -- Ethics from below -- The Umma and the community of conscience -- The future is openness
Control code
179808022
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
269 pages
Isbn
9781591026044
Lccn
2007051797
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)179808022
Label
The secular conscience : why belief belongs in public life, Austin Dacey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How secularism lost its soul -- Why belief belongs in public life (and unbelievers should be glad) -- Spinoza's guide to theocracy -- Why there are no religions of the book -- Has God found science? -- Darwin made me do it -- Original virtue -- The search for the theory of everyone -- Ethics from below -- The Umma and the community of conscience -- The future is openness
Control code
179808022
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
269 pages
Isbn
9781591026044
Lccn
2007051797
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)179808022

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