Acquiring Universal Values through a Particular Tradition: A Perspective on Judaism and Modern Pluralism

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 5 (2):1--22 (2013)
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Religious traditions can be sources of values and attitudes supporting the liberal polity in ways that political theorizing and conceptions of public reason often fail to recognize. moreover, religious traditions can give support through the ways reason is crucial to their self-understanding. one understanding of Judaism is examined as an example. Also, the particularism of traditions can encourage commitment to universally valid values and ideals. reason’s role in Judaism and other religious traditions makes possible constructive interaction between those traditions and between religious and secular thought. exclusion of religiously grounded considerations from the discourse and deliberations of liberal polities can be counterproductively illiberal.

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Jonathan D. Jacobs
Saint Louis University


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