Fundamentalism from the Perspective of Liberal Tolerance
Leslie C. Griffin
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2003
This essay was part of a symposium on the place of fundamentalism and tolerance in a liberal society. I first define fundamentalism and argue that the discussion must focus on all forms of fundamentalism, not just Islamic fundamentalism. Next the essay explores the implications of John Rawls' theory of political liberalism for fundamentalism, explaining that according to political liberalism fundamentalists are unreasonable. The essay then explains that justice does not require the toleration of the intolerant or unreasonable if they threaten security and public order. But if they are not dangerous, then the intolerant should be tolerated, not suppressed. The essay also rebuts the claim that liberals are lay fundamentalists.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: liberalism, Rawls, tolerance, religion, fundamentalismAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 11, 2007
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