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Ordering Souls without Intolerance – Towards a Constrained Presumption for Educational Accommodation

Monica Mookherjee

in Women's Rights as Multicultural Claims

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780748632794
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632794.003.0004
Ordering Souls without Intolerance – Towards a Constrained Presumption for Educational Accommodation

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This chapter advocates a search for compromises between educators and parents to offset the burdens imposed by apparently neutral education for citizenship. It considers the anti-accommodationist policy of political liberals in the sphere of civic education and questions their characterisation of religious devotion as a source of political unreasonableness. It contends that a liberal system bears some remedial responsibility for its effect on non-mainstream world views and shows how civic ends can be achieved without intolerance towards those who espouse beliefs that fall outside the mainstream. It re-evaluates concerns about cases such as Mozert v. Hawkins by shifting attention from the manner in which evangelical Christians (purportedly) hold their beliefs towards the subject matter of the accommodation that they demand.

Keywords: neutral education; citizenship; anti-accommodationist policy; political liberals; civic education; liberal system; intolerance; Mozert v. Hawkins; evangelical Christians

Chapter.  13378 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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