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Constitutional agnosticism

Paul Horwitz

in The Agnostic Age

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199737727
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737727.003.0005
Constitutional agnosticism

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This chapter analyses the idea that constitutional agnosticism is identical to, but not exactly similar to, new agnosticism. What constitutes constitutional agnosticism is a tinge of empathetic agnosticism plus a combination of law and religion. The chapter argues that public actors in our community should practice an agnostic approach, which in turn would facilitate their communication with others. Moreover, an individual can take a constitutional agnostic position without having anything to do with agnosticism on the religious side. But the decision whether to be a believer or a non-believer should be made on a conscious level. Because of this, people acknowledge that we have the will to change our partialities—and on the larger scale, people tend to realize their liberal rights.

Keywords: constitutional agnosticism; new agnosticism; empathetic agnosticism; law; religion; liberal rights

Chapter.  12951 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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