The Rule of Secular Law in Europe

Dr Lorenzo Zucca

in A Secular Europe

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592784
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191738906 | DOI:
The Rule of Secular Law in Europe

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Secular law is the tool with which conflicts between people and ideas are dealt with. Conflicts between religious and non-religious people cannot be solved, avoided, or defined away. Secular law pursues the overarching goal of social peace which is not posited from the outside as an ideal goal, but is instead intrinsic to the very formation of communities: secular law aims at a unitary framework which is not transcendent, but immanent. The framework provided by secular law is a default arrangement within which diversity thrives. Religion has to be fitted within this framework and not outside it.

Keywords: law; peace; immanent; framework; juridical domain; monistic order

Chapter.  5397 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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