Religion, Respect, and War: A Critical Examination of the Standard View on Religion and Coercion
18 Pages Posted: 25 May 2011
Date Written: November 4, 2010
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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