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Handbook of Bioethics and Religion$
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David E. Guinn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178734.001.0001

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Public Discourse and Reasonable Pluralism

Public Discourse and Reasonable Pluralism

Rethinking the Requirements of Neutrality

(p.169) 8 Public Discourse and Reasonable Pluralism
Handbook of Bioethics and Religion

H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.

, David E. Guinn
Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the view that religious claims have no legitimate place in the public forum. This exploration involves a critical re-examination of the public versus private distinction that would place religious commitments and grounds for action in a sphere isolated from that of public discourse and public choice. In the process, this chapter brings into question John Rawls's defense of a public discourse that seeks to marginalize religious commitments.

Keywords:   religious claims, public forum, public discourse, John Rawls

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