Thesis Title

Religion and Politics: Adding a Definition of Religion to John Rawls and Richard Rorty

Author

Mary Brune

Date of Graduation

Spring 2005

Degree

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Department

Religious Studies

Committee Chair

Robert P. Jones

Keywords

liberalism, pragmatism, secularization, Bruce Lincoln, John Rawls, Richard Rorty

Subject Categories

Religion

Abstract

Empirical evidence has shown that the public presence of religion has increased both in the United States and abroad. This fact, combined with the events of September 11th, has made the question of the substance and function of religion an increasingly important one. Many political theorists, however, have yet to incorporate into their theories adequate theories of religion because they implicitly accept the Enlightenment critique of religion and the robust secularization theory that developed from it. In this thesis, I explicate the definition of religion developed by religious studies scholar Bruce Lincoln and apply it to the work of political liberal John Rawls and pragmatist Richard Rorty. I argue that an adequate conceptualization of religion is vital to the field of political theory if it hopes to keep up with the unfolding events of the current time.

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© Mary Brune

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