The Disintegrating Conscience and the Decline of Modernity (eBook, EPUB)

The Disintegrating Conscience and the Decline of Modernity (eBook, EPUB) - Steven D. Smith
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ISBN-13:
9780268206901
Veröffentl:
2023
Einband:
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Seiten:
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Autor:
Steven D. Smith
Serie:
Catholic Ideas for a Secular World
eBook Format:
EPUB
eBook-Typ:
Reflowable EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung

This book considers how the modern concept of “conscience” turns the historic commitment on its head, in a way that underlies the decadence of modern society.

Steven D. Smith’s books are always anticipated with great interest by scholars, jurists, and citizens who see his work on foundational questions surrounding law and religion as shaping the debate in profound ways. Now, in The Disintegrating Conscience and the Decline of Modernity, Smith takes as his starting point Jacques Barzun’s provocative assertion that “the modern era” is coming to an end. Smith considers the question of decline by focusing on a single theme—conscience—that has been central to much of what has happened in Western politics, law, and religion over the past half-millennium. Rather than attempting to follow that theme step-by-step through five hundred years, the book adopts an episodic and dramatic approach by focusing on three main figures and particularly portentous episodes: first, Thomas More’s execution for his conscientious refusal to take an oath mandated by Henry VIII; second, James Madison’s contribution to Virginia law in removing the proposed requirement of religious toleration in favor of freedom of conscience; and, third, William Brennan’s pledge to separate his religious faith from his performance as a Supreme Court justice. These three episodes, Smith suggests, reflect in microcosm decisive turning points at which Western civilization changed from what it had been in premodern times to what it is today. A commitment to conscience, Smith argues, has been a central and in some ways defining feature of modern Western civilization, and yet in a crucial sense conscience in the time of Brennan and today has come to mean almost the opposite of what it meant to Thomas More. By scrutinizing these men and episodes, the book seeks to illuminate subtle but transformative changes in the commitment to conscience—changes that helped to bring Thomas More’s world to an end and that may also be contributing to the disintegration of (per Barzun) “the modern era.”

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Acknowledgements

Prologue: How Did We Get Here?

Act 1. Lost World, New World: Thomas Moore and his Troublesome Conscience

Act 2. Disestablishment and New Establishment: James Madison and the Gospel of Conscience

Act 3. Conscience and Compartmentalization: The Disintegration of William Brennan, and of America

Epilogue: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Bibliography

Autor

Steven D. Smith, winner of the 2022 Religious Liberty Initiative Scholarship Award, is the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, co-executive director of the Institute for Law and Religion, and the co-executive director of the Institute for Law and Philosophy at the University of San Diego. He is the author of numerous books including Fictions, Lies, and the Authority of Law (University of Notre Dame Press, 2021).

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The Disintegrating Conscience and the Decline of Modernity von Steven D. Smith mit der ISBN: 9780268206901

PHILOSOPHY / Political; POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism; RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State; SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Social Theory; Christianity; Jacques Barzun; James Madison; Thomas More; Western philosophy; William Brennan; authenticity; civilizational decline; freedom of religion; identity crisis; law; political theory; religious freedom; Political Science & Political History, eBooks-Center


 

 

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