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Public Discourse and Reasonable Pluralism

H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.

Edited by David E. Guinn

in Handbook of Bioethics and Religion

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178739
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784943 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178734.003.0009
 Public Discourse and Reasonable Pluralism

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This chapter explores the view that religious claims have no legitimate place in the public forum. This exploration involves a critical re-examination of the public versus private distinction that would place religious commitments and grounds for action in a sphere isolated from that of public discourse and public choice. In the process, this chapter brings into question John Rawls's defense of a public discourse that seeks to marginalize religious commitments.

Keywords: religious claims; public forum; public discourse; John Rawls

Chapter.  12724 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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