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Miller, Richard Brian, 1953-
Terror, religion, and liberal thought / Richard B. Miller
New York : Columbia University Press, c2010
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  BL65.V55 M56 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Violence -- Religious aspects
Terrorism -- Religious aspects
Political violence
Human rights
War -- Religious aspects
Toleration -- Religious aspects
Physical Description x, 227 p. ; 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
Summary 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
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-221) and index
Series Columbia series on religion and politics

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