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A Theory of Religious Accommodation

BOU-HABIB, PAUL (2006) 'A Theory of Religious Accommodation.' Journal of Applied Philosophy, 23 (1). pp. 109-126. ISSN 0264-3758

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This paper examines the moral case for a right to religious accommodation, which requires that religious conduct be free of any serious burdens placed on it by the state. Two different types of normative argument for this right are outlined and rejected. The first appeals to religion as a ‘basic good’, and the second to religion as an ‘intense preference’. In place of these, I suggest that a third type of argument has greater prospects of success. Religious accommodation is justified on the grounds that religious conduct is a ‘derivative good’ — that is, it derives its value from its being necessary for something else, namely, the integrity of the religious person.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 18:55
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:33

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