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Over the past two decades, the renowned political theorist William E. Connolly has developed a powerful theory of pluralism as the basis of a territorial politics. In this concise volume, Connolly launches a new defense of pluralism, contending that it has a renewed relevance in light of pressing global and national concerns, including the war in Iraq, the movement for a ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 16th 2005 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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A look at the philosophical underpinnings of pluralism.

John Rawls has stated that pluralism is a fact of modern political life. Difference of beliefs and faiths is an inherent part of living in societies, and especially one with our liberal democracies.

Connolly attempts to handle the contradictions which this belief system engenders. On the one hand, there are unflinching dogmas which demand their unilateral imposition (he ties together St. Augustine and Sayyed Qutb), and on the other, relativ
Feb 22, 2011 Pete rated it really liked it
Synopsis: I especially like the portions of this book wherein Connolly grapples with the interplay between repetition, experience and affect, and the impact these have on our sense of what counts as political and negotiable. Probably the two most useful chapters for me are his discussion of time (drawing on Bergson) as it relates to affect (the experience of simultaneous and competing senses of time and how this informs are perceptions and sensibilities), and his discussion of sovereignty. I ...more
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Shelves: culture, interfaith
I picked this book off a free book table, but what a find. Connelly discusses pluralism in many forms but particularly religious pluralism and its impact on political and personal life. Drawing on the work of William James, Henri Bergson, Friedrich Nietzsche and others, he posits that we need to develop a "politics of becoming" remaining committed to fundamental beliefs while being humbly open to the insights of other cultures and traditions. He also talks about the difference between a ...more
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May 03, 2007 Craig Pope rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: theologians/philosophers who enjoy some speculative work
Shelves: philosophy
This is the most impressive book I have read recently. One reason I may have enjoyed it so much is that it is not theology, Connolly is a political philosopher. He does, however, spend time developing a notion of 'existential faith' which is a kind of ubiquitous reality of human Being which is present in all kinds of structures other than traditional religious groups or institutions. Anyways, he sets out to discuss how our world really is pluralistic and how we can live peacefully within this ...more
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Read WHY I AM NOT A SECULARIST instead of this book. Then, if you like it, try this one, too.
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William E. Connolly is a political theorist known for his work on democracy and pluralism. He is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. His 1974 work The Terms of Political Discourse won the 1999 Benjamin Lippincott Award
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