Pluralism, conflict, and justification: the stability function of religious exemptions

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 24 (4):1-25 (2018)
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Legal and philosophical theories of religious exemptions have primarily understood them as a means toward one or more moral ends: protecting rights and securing equality, primarily. But exemptions also serve an under-theorized stabilizing function in resolving conflicts between law and belief. In this paper, I argue that these conflicts pose a challenge to public justification, and ipso facto to political stability. I then show how religious exemptions can support stability by ameliorating these conflicts, and elaborate parameters for identifying those exemptions most likely to achieve this stability-enhancing effect.



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David Golemboski
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