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Terror, religion, and liberal thought

Author: Richard Brian Miller
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
Series: Columbia series on religion and politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Richard B. Miller returns to the basic tenets of liberalism to divine an ethical response to religious extremism. He questions how we should think about the claims and aspirations of political religions, especially when they conflict so deeply with liberal norms and practices, and he suggests how liberal critics can speak confidently in ways that respect cultural and religious difference. --from publisher  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Brian Miller
ISBN: 9780231150989 0231150989 9780231521864 0231521863
OCLC Number: 635463697
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2017
Runner-up for Montaigne Medal 2011
Description: x, 227 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: The problem of religious violence. --
From incomprehension to indignation --
Setting the stage --
Between apologetics and ethnocentrism --
9/11 and varieties of social criticism. --
Historical arguments --
Economic arguments --
The relativist argument --
The internalist critique --
Rights to life and security. --
Transparent wrongfulness --
Respect for dignity and moral subjectivity --
Moral agency and the logical entailment of rights --
Toleration, equality, and the burdens of judgment. --
Reasons for toleration --
Submission and respect --
Implications of toleration for others --
Respect and recognition. --
Recognition respect and appraisal respect --
Hermeneutical criticism and the politics of difference --
On benefit-of-the-doubt respect --
Religion, dialogue, and human rights. --
Islamizing human rights --
Fitra as grounds for respect --
Special and general divine command morality --
Liberal social criticism and the ethics of belief. --
On the priority of religion to ethics --
On thick and thin morality --
On proximity and distance --
Appendix 1: The right to war and self-defense. --
Collective defense: reductive and analogical strategies --
The right of national security --
Appendix 2: Is attacking the Taliban and al Qaeda justified? --
Just-War Doctrine --
On attacking Afghanistan.
Series Title: Columbia series on religion and politics.
Responsibility: Richard B. Miller.

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Richard B. Miller returns to the basic tenets of liberalism to divine an ethical response to religious extremism. He questions how we should think about the claims and aspirations of political religions, especially when they conflict so deeply with liberal norms and practices, and he suggests how liberal critics can speak confidently in ways that respect cultural and religious difference. --from publisher description.

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