The Fluidity of Neutrality

66 The Review of Politics 633 (2004)

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-11

18 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2014

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

The political ideal of neutrality toward conceptions of the good is unsustainable at the extremely abstract level proposed by some liberal theorists. Neutrality is nonetheless a valuable political ideal. One of the many ways that government can go wrong is to take a position on some question that it would, all things considered, be be er for it to abstain from deciding. The classic example is the question of which (if any) religion is true. The idea of neutrality holds that government ought to avoid this pathology.

Keywords: religion, neutrality, liberal neutrality, political philosophy

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

Koppelman, Andrew M., The Fluidity of Neutrality (2004). 66 The Review of Politics 633 (2004); Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2416468

Andrew M. Koppelman (Contact Author)

Northwestern University School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
312-503-8431 (Phone)

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