Sacred Values in Secular Politics

Steven Lukes

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    What role does sacredness play in the secular politics of the liberal democracies of the United States and Europe today? One approach, focusing on the sources of political unity, suggests that they are integrated by a kind of civil religion, however flawed. This suggestion is criticized empirically as ever less plausible and as blind to the currently feasible limits of social solidarity. A second approach, focusing on the growing democratic crisis of liberal democracies due to ever-deepening social divisions, leads to the suggestion that sacredness is increasingly at work in secular politics. As attachment to organized religion declines so does the public deliberation and negotiation of conflicting interests-the arguing and the bargaining that democracy requires.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)101-117
    Number of pages17
    JournalAnalyse und Kritik
    Volume39
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 24 2017

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    democracy
    politics
    civil religion
    Values
    deliberation
    solidarity
    Religion
    Liberal Democracy
    Sacredness
    Civil Religion
    Democracy
    Public Deliberation
    Solidarity
    Unity

    Keywords

    • arguing and bargaining
    • Civil religion
    • deliberation
    • democracy
    • sacred
    • secular

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Philosophy
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    Sacred Values in Secular Politics. / Lukes, Steven.

    In: Analyse und Kritik, Vol. 39, No. 1, 24.05.2017, p. 101-117.

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    Lukes, Steven. / Sacred Values in Secular Politics. In: Analyse und Kritik. 2017 ; Vol. 39, No. 1. pp. 101-117.
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