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Why Tolerate Religion?$
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Brian Leiter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163543

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163543.001.0001

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Why Respect Religion?

Why Respect Religion?

(p.68) Chapter IV Why Respect Religion?
Why Tolerate Religion?

Brian Leiter

Princeton University Press

The analysis has so far assumed that the moral foundation of the law of religious liberty is to be found in the idea of principled toleration. But are we entitled to that assumption? Martha Nussbaum, for example, has recently argued for the attitude of “respect” as the moral foundation of religious liberty. However, her account is ambiguous between two senses of respect. In one sense of respect (“minimal” respect), it is compatible with nothing more than toleration of religion; and in a different sense (“affirmative” respect, and which Nussbaum appears to want to invoke), it could not form the moral basis of a legal regime since religion is not the kind of belief system that could warrant that attitude.

Keywords:   religion, religious liberty, religious toleration, Martha Nussbaum, respect, moral foundations

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