Home » John Lockes Politics of Moral Consensus by Greg Forster
John Lockes Politics of Moral Consensus Greg Forster

John Lockes Politics of Moral Consensus

Greg Forster

Published February 7th 2005
ISBN : 9780521842181
Hardcover
317 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

The aim of this highly original book is twofold: to explain the reconciliation of religion and politics in the work of John Locke, and to explore the relevance of that reconciliation for politics in our own time. Confronted with deep social divisionsMoreThe aim of this highly original book is twofold: to explain the reconciliation of religion and politics in the work of John Locke, and to explore the relevance of that reconciliation for politics in our own time. Confronted with deep social divisions over ultimate beliefs Locke sought to unite society in a single liberal community. Reason could identify divine moral laws that would be acceptable to members of all cultural groups, thereby justifying the authority of government. Greg Forster demonstrates that Lockes theory is liberal and rational but also moral and religious, providing an alternative to the two extremes of religious fanaticism and moral relativism. This fresh new account of Lockes thought will appeal to specialists and advanced students across philosophy, political science, and religious studies.