The Fluidity of Neutrality
66 The Review of Politics 633 (2004)
18 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2014
Date Written: 2004
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
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