Change Your Look, Change Your Luck: Religious Self-Transformation and Brute Luck Egalitarianism

Res Philosophica 92 (2):453-471 (2015)
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Muhammad Velji
McGill University
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My intention in this paper is to reframe the practice of veiling as an embodied practice of self-development and self- transformation. I argue that practices like these cannot be handled by the choice/chance distinction relied on by those who would restrict religious minority accommodations. Embodied self- transformation necessarily means a change in personal identity and this means the religious believer cannot know if they will need religious accommodation when they begin their journey of piety. Even some luck egalitarians would find leaning exclusively on preference and choice to find who should be burdened with paying the full costs of certain choices in one’s life too morally harsh to be justifiable. I end by briefly illustrating an alternative way to think about religious accommodation that does not rely on the choice/chance distinction.
Keywords foucault  islam  hijab  veil  luck  egalitarian  religious accommodation  multiculturalism  transformation  agency
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DOI 10.11612/resphil.2015.92.2.13
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