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Dissent on Core Beliefs
Religious and Secular Perspectives


Simone Chambers, Peter Nosco, William A. Galston, Andrew Levine, Tom Angier, Alan Mittleman, Peter Steinfels, Meena Sharify-Funk, Anne Murphy, Richard Madsen, Michael Walzer
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  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107499133

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  • Difference, diversity and disagreement are inevitable features of our ethical, social and political landscape. This collection of new essays investigates the ways that various ethical and religious traditions have dealt with intramural dissent; the volume covers nine separate traditions: Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, liberalism, Marxism, South Asian religions and natural law. Each chapter lays out the distinctive features, history and challenges of intramural dissent within each tradition, enabling readers to identify similarities and differences between traditions. The book concludes with an Afterword by Michael Walzer, offering a synoptic overview of the challenge of intramural dissent and the responses to that challenge. Committed to dialogue across cultures and traditions, the collection begins that dialogue with the common challenges facing all traditions: how to maintain cohesion and core values in the face of pluralism, and how to do this in a way that is consistent with the internal ethical principles of the traditions.

    • Each essay uses contemporary as well as historical illustrations to tackle questions of pluralism and dissent
    • Discusses multiple religious and ethical traditions in an accessible way
    • The chapters employ a common rubric facilitating comparison across essays and across traditions
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107499133
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Simone Chambers and Peter Nosco
    2. Liberalism and internal dissent William A. Galston
    3. Intramural dissent: Marxism Andrew Levine
    4. Dissent on core beliefs in natural law Tom Angier
    5. The management of intramural dissent in Judaism Alan Mittleman
    6. Christianity and the management of intramural dissent Peter Steinfels
    7. Intramural dissent on core beliefs in Islam Meena Sharify-Funk
    8. Dissent and diversity in South Asian religions Anne Murphy
    9. Confucianism and dissent on core beliefs Richard Madsen
    10. Intramural dissent in Buddhism Peter Nosco
    11. Afterword Michael Walzer
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  • Editors

    Simone Chambers, University of Toronto
    Simone Chambers is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. She has been teaching at the University of Toronto since 2002, and her primary areas of scholarship include democratic theory, ethics, secularism, rhetoric, civility and the public sphere. She has published articles in journals including Political Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, Ethics and Global Politics, and Critical Review.

    Peter Nosco, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Peter Nosco is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Remembering Paradise: Nativism and Nostalgia in 18th-Century Japan (1990), Individuality in Early Modern Japan: Thinking for Oneself (2017), and the editor of Confucianism and Tokugawa Culture (1997) and Values, Identity, and Equality in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Japan (with James Ketelaar and Kojima Yasunori, 2015). He has served as guest editor for special issues of Philosophy East and West and Japanese Journal of Religious Studies.


    Simone Chambers, Peter Nosco, William A. Galston, Andrew Levine, Tom Angier, Alan Mittleman, Peter Steinfels, Meena Sharify-Funk, Anne Murphy, Richard Madsen, Michael Walzer

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