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Religions 2019, 10(1), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010020

Pluralism and the Roots of Social Conflict: Rethinking Rawls

Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75205, USA
Received: 6 November 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 24 December 2018 / Published: 29 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Political Theology and Pluralism)
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Abstract

Attempts to refine or update definitions of pluralism in political theology and philosophy often, implicitly or explicitly, entail an account of the roots of social conflict, which pluralism is meant to address. Using the influential work of John Rawls as a starting point I further investigate the idea that the root of social conflict stems from competing beliefs systems. I conclude that Rawls’s account of social conflict is insufficiently complex, intersectional, or historicist, and his theory of pluralism and his treatment of religion suffer because of this. View Full-Text
Keywords: Pluralism; John Rawls; political theology; political philosophy; liberal democracy; social contract Pluralism; John Rawls; political theology; political philosophy; liberal democracy; social contract
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