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Post-liberalism in the 21st century: from political theology to performative post-secularism

Stacey, Timothy. 2016. Post-liberalism in the 21st century: from political theology to performative post-secularism. In: Neil Turnbull, ed. Post-Liberalism. Eugene: Oregon: Wipf and Stock. [Book Section] (Forthcoming)

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Post-liberalism is a theologically derived argument for the recovery of shared ideas of the good to the centre of politics, policy and practice. Only this, they claim, will individualism, social fragmentation, and the consequent reliance on the twin logic of the state and market. Its greatest strength and weakness is its reliance on a thick theological narrative which seems unsuited to a pluralist world. In a bid to overcome this issue, post-liberals have recently started to drop god-speak from their discourse. The result is a morally empty argument for communitarianism. This paper encourages a post-liberal turn to community development, in a bid to recover the shared ideas of the good without resorting to cultural oppression. According to this model, discovering shared ideas of the good becomes a deliberative process, inclusive of all faiths and none, and all political hues.

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Book Section

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Faiths and Civil Society

Dates:

DateEvent
2016Accepted

Item ID:

11622

Date Deposited:

18 Aug 2016 09:24

Last Modified:

01 Aug 2018 14:45

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11622

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