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Relativism and Religion

Accetti, Carlo Invernizzi

Published by Columbia University Press
ISBN 10: 0231170785 / ISBN 13: 9780231170789
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Title: Relativism and Religion

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Series: Religion, Culture and Public Life. Num Pages: 288 pages. BIC Classification: HPS; HRAM2; HRCC7; JPHV. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 229 x 152 x 25. Weight in Grams: 454. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780231170789

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Moral relativism is deeply troubling for those who believe that, without a set of moral absolutes, democratic societies will devolve into tyranny or totalitarianism. Engaging directly with this claim, Carlo Invernizzi Accetti traces the roots of contemporary anti-relativist fears to the antimodern rhetoric of the Catholic Church, and then rescues a form of philosophical relativism for modern, pluralist societies, arguing that this standpoint provides the firmest foundation for an allegiance to democracy.

In its dual analysis of the relationship between religion and politics and the implications of philosophical relativism for democratic theory, this book makes a far-ranging contribution to contemporary debates over the revival of religion in politics and the conceptual grounds for a commitment to democracy. It conducts the first comprehensive genealogy of anti-relativist discourse and reclaims for English-speaking readers the overlooked work of political theorists such as Hans Kelsen and Norberto Bobbio, who had articulated the bond between philosophical relativism and democracy. By engaging with attempts to replace the religious foundation of democratic values with a neo-Kantian conception of reason, this book also offers a powerful case for relativism as the strongest basis for a civic ethos that integrates different perspectives into democratic politics.

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Carlo Invernizzi Accetti is an assistant professor of political theory at City College, City University of New York, and an associate researcher at the Center for European Studies of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

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