The Jewish Social Contract: An Essay in Political Theology

The Jewish Social Contract: An Essay in Political Theology

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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 qliberal 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 qmodern 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.An Essay in Political Theology David Novak. or so is the debate over civil rights, specifically the struggle to end civil disabilities based on race. With the defeat of Nazi racism in World War II quite fresh in most minds, especially in the minds ofanbsp;...


Title:The Jewish Social Contract: An Essay in Political Theology
Author: David Novak
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2009-01-10
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