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Religion, Respect, and War: A Critical Examination of the Standard View on Religion and Coercion

18 Pages Posted: 25 May 2011  

Christopher J. Eberle

United States Naval Academy

Date Written: November 4, 2010

Abstract

The standard view of the relation between justified coercion and religion includes the following two claims, viz., that religious reasons cannot play a decisive role in justifying state coercion and that citizens and public officials in a liberal polity should not endorse state coercion that requires decisive religious support. The standard view is vulnerable to a number of serious objections. I articulate those objections by reflecting on the conception of justified coercion implicit in the so-called Just War Tradition.

Keywords: just war, proportionality, religion, restraint, coercion, public reason, liberalism

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Eberle, Christopher J., Religion, Respect, and War: A Critical Examination of the Standard View on Religion and Coercion (November 4, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1840507 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1840507

Christopher J. Eberle (Contact Author)

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