Theorists, Get Over Yourselves: A Response to Steven D. Smith

7 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2015

Date Written: 2014


Steven D. Smith is one of our most powerful critics of contemporary liberal theory. He has an acute sense of the hidden flaws and gaps in contemporary conventional wisdom. Even those who disagree must, if they are honest, carefully consider his arguments.

In his most recent work, he claims that, in our political culture, the case for the specific protection of religious liberty, as opposed to liberty under other descriptions, has been undermined. As a consequence, he fears that although some freedoms will survive, freedom of religion as such may cease to exist.

Even if his argument is sound, his fears are misplaced.

Keywords: First Amendment, Religious Freedom, Steven D. Smith

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Koppelman, Andrew M., Theorists, Get Over Yourselves: A Response to Steven D. Smith (2014). 41 Pepperdine Law Review 937 (2014), Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 15-05, Available at SSRN:

Andrew M. Koppelman (Contact Author)

Northwestern University School of Law ( email )

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