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Political Neutrality and Religious Arguments

John Finnis

in Religion and Public Reasons

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580095
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580095.003.0006
Political Neutrality and Religious Arguments

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This chapter presents a commentary on the Rawlsian argument by Janos Kis, in a then unpublished paper, that political institutions and policies must be based on neutral, i.e., publicly accessible (and non-‘comprehensive’) arguments. The chapter explores the public accessibility of ‘Catholic’ arguments about the humanity of the early embryo and about the Resurrection, and (with Raz) affirms that accessibility. A footnote discusses the use of ‘liberal’ in political theory.

Keywords: Kis; Raz; Rawls; political neutrality; publicly accessible arguments; Resurrection; early embryos; comprehensive doctrines

Chapter.  4855 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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