The Jewish Social Contract : An Essay in Political Theology
By: Novak, David.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.New Forum Books: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (284 p.).ISBN: 9781400824397.Subject(s): Covenants - Religious aspects - Judaism | Democracy -- Religious aspects -- Judaism | Democracy - Religious aspects - Judaism | Judaism and politics | Judaism and state | Judaism and state | Secularism - Political aspects | Secularism -- Political aspects | Social contract - Religious aspects - JudaismGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Jewish Social Contract : An Essay in Political TheologyDDC classification: 296.382 LOC classification: BM538.S7 | N683 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; List of Abbreviations; Preface; Chapter One: Formulating the Jewish Social Contract; Chapter Two: The Covenant; Chapter Three: The Covenant Reaffirmed; Chapter Four: The Law of the State; Chapter Five: Kingship and Secularity; Chapter Six: Modern Secularity; Chapter Seven: The Social Contract and Jewish-Christian Relations; Chapter Eight: The Jewish Social Contract in Secular Public Policy; Bibliography; Index
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 adhere to the broad political framework wholly in terms of their own religious tradition and convictions, and without setting their religion aside in the public sphere. Novak shows how social contracts emerged, rooted in biblical notions of covenant, and how they developed in the rabbinic, medieval, and "modern periods. He offers suggestions as to how Jews today can best negotiate the modern social contract while calling upon non-Jewish allies to aid them in the process. The Jewish Social Contract will prove an enlightening and innovative contribution to the ongoing debate about the role of religion in liberal democracies.
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