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The Jewish social contract : an essay in political theology / David Novak.

By: Novak, David, 1941-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.New forum books: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2005Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 257 p.).ISBN: 9781400824397 (electronic bk.); 1400824397 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Judaism and state | Social contract -- Religious aspects -- Judaism | Judaism and politics | Democracy -- Religious aspects -- Judaism | Covenants -- Religious aspects -- Judaism | Secularism -- Political aspectsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Jewish social contract.DDC classification: 296.3/82 LOC classification: BM538.S7 | N68 2005Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Formulating the Jewish social contract -- The covenant -- The covenant reaffirmed -- The law of the state -- Kingship and secularity -- Modern secularity -- The social contract and Jewish-Christian relations -- The Jewish social contract in secular public policy.
Summary: The Jewish Social Contract begins by asking how a traditional Jew can participate politically and socially and in good faith in a modern democratic society, and ends by proposing a broad, inclusive notion of secularity. David Novak takes issue with the view--held by the late philosopher John Rawls and his followers--that citizens of a liberal state must, in effect, check their religion at the door when discussing politics in a public forum. Novak argues that in a "liberal democratic state, members of faith-based communities--such as tradition-minded Jews and Christians--ought to be able to adh.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-249) and index.

Formulating the Jewish social contract -- The covenant -- The covenant reaffirmed -- The law of the state -- Kingship and secularity -- Modern secularity -- The social contract and Jewish-Christian relations -- The Jewish social contract in secular public policy.

The Jewish Social Contract begins by asking how a traditional Jew can participate politically and socially and in good faith in a modern democratic society, and ends by proposing a broad, inclusive notion of secularity. David Novak takes issue with the view--held by the late philosopher John Rawls and his followers--that citizens of a liberal state must, in effect, check their religion at the door when discussing politics in a public forum. Novak argues that in a "liberal democratic state, members of faith-based communities--such as tradition-minded Jews and Christians--ought to be able to adh.

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Novak (Univ. of Toronto) argues that individuals who accept the moral commitments established by their distinctive and particularistic religious heritage are better able to support the goals and methods of pluralistic democracies than those who, in the supposed interests of secular democracy, set aside their own religious beliefs. Phrasing his argument from the perspective of religious Judaism, Novak examines Jewish political and social thought from the Bible into contemporary times, explaining how, in each period, the Jewish social contract emerged; and showing how that contract, rooted in the biblical conception of covenant, supports Jews as they negotiate the social framework shaped by contemporary liberal democracies. Even as he carefully sets out the history of Jewish social and political thought in particular, Novak thus argues cogently against the school of thought identified with John Rawls, which asserts that full participation in a secular state requires all citizens to set aside their distinctive religious beliefs and commitments. Arguing that the opposite is the case, this volume will be of as much interest to readers in contemporary political theory as to those interested in the history of Jewish political thought. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers. A. J. Avery-Peck College of the Holy Cross

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David Novak is J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of eleven books, including Covenantal Rights (Princeton), which won the 2000 American Academy of Religion Award for best book in constructive religious thought.

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