Laborde’s religion

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Abstract

Cécile Laborde’s Liberalism’s Religion proposes liberal principles to address political controversies over religion. One is the public reason requirement that reasons for state policies should be accessible. Another is the civic inclusiveness requirement according to which symbolic religious establishment is wrong when it communicates that religious identity is a component of civic identity. A third is the claim that liberal states have meta-jurisdictional authority to settle the boundary between what counts as religion and what counts as non-religion. The article considers whether Laborde has managed to articulate these three principles in a way that is operationalisable and can serve to provide solutions to practical controversies over religion. It is argued that Laborde’s formulations leave important issues open, and some ways of settling these issues are considered.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Volume23
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)9-20
Number of pages12
ISSN1369-8230
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • civic inclusion
  • Religion
  • public reason
  • Liberalism
  • Sovereignty

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