Communitarian Views of Religious Lawmaking

Lucinda Peach

in Legislating Morality

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143713
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786053 | DOI:
 Communitarian Views of Religious Lawmaking

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This chapter examines communitarian approaches to religious lawmaking, focusing on the work of law professor Michael Perry. It is argued that although Perry’s views on religious lawmaking diverge in some respects from those of more traditional communitarian theorists, his approach shares certain deficiencies with other communitarian proposals. A satisfactory approach to religious lawmaking must be able to effectively address the potential conflicts engendered by religious lawmaking in a pluralistic society, the centrality that religion may have to the moral identity of lawmakers, and the social reality of gender and other inequalities in society.

Keywords: religious lawmaking; communitarian views; Michael Perry; religion; society

Chapter.  10367 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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