Why Tolerate Religion?

Why Tolerate Religion?

by Brian Leiter
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ISBN-10:
0691153612
ISBN-13:
9780691153612
Pub. Date:
10/28/2012
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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Why Tolerate Religion?

"Think you understand religious toleration? Think again. Brian Leiter's bracing argument moves deftly from the classics of political philosophy to the riddles of modern case law, demolishing old nostrums and sowing fresh insights with each step. Every reader will learn something from this remarkable book, and, beginning now, every serious scholar of religious toleration will have to contend with Leiter's bold claims."—Christopher L. Eisgruber, Princeton University

"This is a provocative and bracing essay, one that is bound to stimulate much discussion."—Richard Kraut, Northwestern University

"The place of religion in the public arena, and the kind of protection and even respect it should be entitled to from the state, is a topic of significant contemporary interest. Leiter writes about it with wit and good humor. He is even bruising on occasion. But there can be no doubting his capacity as a scholar, his intellectual energy, or his ability to persuade."—Timothy Macklem, King's College London

"Leiter argues that there are no principled, moral reasons for singling out religion as the subject of toleration. He has cut through a dense philosophical and legal literature, focused on a question of great importance, and developed a provocative, sharp, and yet nuanced case. Anyone concerned with this topic will have to read and take seriously the arguments presented in this very well-written and accessible book."—Micah J. Schwartzman, University of Virginia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691153612
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 3.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1

Chapter I Toleration 5

Chapter II Religion 26

Chapter III Why Tolerate Religion? 54

Chapter IV Why Respect Religion? 68

Chapter V The Law of Religious Liberty in a Tolerant Society 92

Notes 135

Selected Bibliography 175

Index 181

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Why Tolerate Religion? 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book makes a series of weak arguments that only an atheist would support - our founders were men of greater wisdom than this fool