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The Integrity of Religious Believers

Bou-Habib, P (2018) 'The Integrity of Religious Believers.' Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. ISSN 1369-8230

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Abstract

According to Cécile Laborde, persons with religious commitments that are incidentally burdened by generally applicable laws should, under certain circumstances, be provided with an exemption from those laws. Labore’s justification for this view is that religious commitments are a type of commitment with which a person must comply if she is to maintain her integrity. I argue that Laborde´s account is insufficiently demanding in terms of the other-regarding attitudes it expects people to have before they can make claims to exemptions based on their integrity. The reason for this is that Laborde’s account rests on what I call a ‘non-moralised’ view of integrity. I raise some criticisms of this view and defend an alternative, ‘moralised’ view of integrity, according to which a religious person’s integrity depends on whether the practice she wishes to perform complies with certain moral constraints.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laborde, religion, exemptions, integrity, sincerity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 13:50
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2018 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21730

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