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Why Tolerate Religion?

Brian Leiter


This book addresses one of the most enduring puzzles in political philosophy and constitutional theory—why is religion singled out for preferential treatment in both law and public discourse? Why are religious obligations that conflict with the law accorded special toleration while other obligations of conscience are not? The book analyzes the concept of religious toleration, which has long been the paradigm of the liberal ideal of toleration of group differences, as reflected in both the constitutions of the major Western democracies and in the theoretical literature explaining and justifying ... More

Keywords: political philosophy, constitutional theory, religious obligation, conscience, toleration, preferential treatment, law, public discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691163543
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Leiter, author
University of Chicago