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Jeffrey Stout

Born: Sep 11, 1950

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Jeffrey Stout

Date of Birth : Sep 11, 1950
Birth Place : United States of America

Jeffrey Stout is a contemporary scholar of religion who focuses on ethics. His works focus on the possibility of ethical discourse in a religiously pluralistic society. Recently, he has championed what he calls "the moral tradition of democracy" as a "background of agreement" shared by participants in the political/social debates taking place in America today. This is his answer to such thinkers as Alasdair MacIntyre and Stanley Hauerwas who believe that participants in such debates do not share enough common ground to prevent their arguments from being intractable. Stout has been influenced by Richard Rorty and more recently Robert Brandom and, albeit with qualifications, aligns himself with the school of philosophy known as American Pragmatism. Since obtaining his Ph.D in 1976 from Princeton University, Stout has remained there as a Professor of Religion. His two most well-known books, for both of which he won the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence, are Ethics After Babel and Democracy and Tradition.

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