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Defending broad neutrality

Howard, JW; (2020) Defending broad neutrality. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy , 23 (1) pp. 36-47. 10.1080/13698230.2018.1487232. Green open access

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This paper interrogates Cécile Laborde’s account of the proper role of religion in the liberal state. It begins by examining Laborde’s claims that prevailing liberals are not committed to broad neutrality about the good, but rather only restricted neutrality about the good—and that they are right to do so. It argues against Laborde on both exegetical and substantive grounds. It then turns to Laborde’s minimalist conception of secularism, according to which the state must be justifiable, inclusive, and limited, and it argues that it is not sufficiently demanding. Finally, it argues that the classical liberal presumption of skepticism toward religious establishment is warranted.

Type: Article
Title: Defending broad neutrality
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2018.1487232
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2018.1487232
Language: English
Additional information: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056804
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