Chapter

Introduction

John Perry

in The Pretenses of Loyalty

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756544
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897407 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756544.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction outlines the structure of the book as a whole. The “Johannine liberalism” of John Locke and John Rawls relates religious and civic duties via a metaphor of boundaries or borders. This is inadequate; they must be conceived with attention to the underlying loyalties. Locke saw this better than subsequent liberals when he presents his theory of toleration as an attempt to overcome two “pretenses of loyalty,” but even this is not fully satisfactory. It introduces the argument of the book with a variety of concrete cases, such as Antigone, religious refusals to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and bans on Muslim and Jewish religious attire in France.

Keywords: Johannine liberalism; Locke; Rawls; pretense; loyalty; boundaries; borders; O'Donovan

Chapter.  7030 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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