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Difference, diversity and disagreement are inevitable features of our ethical, social and political landscape. This collection of new essays investigates the ways that various ethical and religious traditions have dealt with intramural dissent; the volume covers nine separate traditions: Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, liberalism, Marxism, South Asian religions and natural law. Each chapter lays out the distinctive features, history and challenges of intramural dissent within each tradition, enabling readers to identify similarities and differences between traditions. The book concludes with an Afterword by Michael Walzer, offering a synoptic overview of the challenge of intramural dissent and the responses to that challenge. Committed to dialogue across cultures and traditions, the collection begins that dialogue with the common challenges facing all traditions: how to maintain cohesion and core values in the face of pluralism, and how to do this in a way that is consistent with the internal ethical principles of the traditions.

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Berlin, Isaiah, “Two Concepts of Liberty,” in Four Essays on Liberty (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969).
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Paul, Ellen Frankel, Miller, Fred D., and Paul, Jeffrey (eds.), Liberalism Old and New (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
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Elster, Jon, An Introduction to Karl Marx (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Levine, Andrew, A Future for Marxism? Althusser, the Analytic Turn and the Revival of Socialist Theory (London: Pluto Press, 2003).
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Natural law

Laing, Jacqueline A. and Wilcox, Russell (eds.), The Natural Law Reader (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
Oderberg, David S. and Chappell, Timothy (eds.), Human Values: New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Keown, John and George, Robert P. (eds.), Reason, Morality, and Law: The Philosophy of John Finnis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Bamforth, Nicholas and Richards, David A. J., Patriarchal Religion, Sexuality, and Gender: A Critique of New Natural Law (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Wolfe, Christopher, Natural Law Liberalism (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006).


Batnitzky, Leora, How Judaism Became a Religion (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011).
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Kellner, Menachem, Dogma in Medieval Jewish Thought: From Maimonides to Abravanel (Portland, OR: Littman Library, 2004).
Kellner, Menachem, Must a Jew Believe Anything? (Portland, OR: Littman Library, 1999).
Walzer, Michael, Lorberbaum, Menachem, and Zohar, Noam J. (eds.), The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. ii (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003).


Hastings, Adrian, Mason, Alistair, and Pyper, Hugh (eds.), The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).
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Arkoun, Mohammad, The Unthought in Contemporary Islamic Thought (London: Saqi Books, 2002).
Mandaville, Peter, Global Political Islam (New York: Routledge, 2007).
Masud, Muhammad Khalid, Salvatore, Armando, and Bruinessen, Martin van (eds.), Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and Debates (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009).
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South Asian religions

Doniger, Wendy, “The Origins of Heresy in Hindu Mythology,” History of Religions 10, 4 (May 1971): 271333.
Mandair, Arvind-pal Singh, Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality, and the Politics of Translation (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).
Parekh, Bhikhu, “Some Reflections on the Hindu Theory of Tolerance,” Seminar 521 (January 2003): 4853.
Pennington, Brian, Was Hinduism Invented? Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).
Ram, Ronki, “Beyond Conversion and Sanskritisation: Articulating an Alternative Dalit Agenda in East Punjab,” Modern Asian Studies 46, 3 (2011): 639702.


Chen, Yong, Confucianism as Religion: Controversies and Consequences (Leiden: Brill, 2013).
de Bary, Theodore, Asian Values and Human Rights: A Confucian Communitarian Perspective (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998).
Sun, Anna, Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013).
Weiming, Tu, The Global Significance of Concrete Humanity: Essays on the Confucian Discourse in Contemporary China (New Delhi: Centre for Studies in Civilization, 2010).
Yang, Fenggang and Tamney, Joseph (eds.), Confucianism and Spiritual Traditions in Modern China and Beyond (Leiden: Brill, 2012).


Batchelor, Stephen, Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening (New York: Riverhead Books, 1997).
Cole, Alan, “Schisms in Buddhism,” in Lewis, James R. and Lewis, Sarah M. (eds.), Sacred Schisms: How Religions Divide (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 6182.
Jerryson, Michael and Juergensmeyer, Mark, Buddhist Warfare (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).
Lopez, Donald S. Jr., The Story of Buddhism: A Concise Guide to Its History & Teachings (New York: Harper Collins 2001).
Silk, Jonathan A., Riven by Lust: Incest and Schism in Indian Buddhist Legend and Historiography (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2009).


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