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Liberal Neutrality and State Support for Religion

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Is state support for religion compatible with autonomy-based liberalism and its neutrality constraint? This is the core question of this chapter, in which it will be argued that religion is, in contemporary liberal societies, a perfectionist good. Accordingly, state support is, as a general principle not required by justice. Nonetheless, a policy of support can sometimes be allowed in order to guarantee equal access to autonomy, but only if certain criteria are fulfilled.




Franken, L. (2016). Liberal Neutrality and State Support for Religion. In Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life (Vol. 5, pp. 75–89). Springer Science and Business Media B.V.

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