Public reason secularism : a defense of liberal democracy

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Public reason secularism : a defense of liberal democracy

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Public reason secularism : a defense of liberal democracy
Author: Zhang, T.
Issue Date: 2018-10-25
Keywords: Secularism
Public reason
Public justification
Separation of state and religion
Abstract: This book is propelled by the following question: How can free and equal citizens who are deeply divided by conflicting (religious) disagreements endorse the same set of political principles in a constitutional democratic regime and live together peacefully? I propose an answer to that question, and it takes me six chapters to argue for it: the answer lies in the general endorsement of the political principle of “public reason secularism,” comprised of liberty of conscience and the separation of state and religion. Particularly, the separation of state and religion that I argue for is a separation in the robust sense that religion ought to be excluded from the public sphere. That is to say, religious arguments should not play any role in public matters, especially in lawmaking. 
Promotor: Supervisor: Cliteur P.B. Co-Supervisor: Kwak A.J.
Faculty: Faculty of Law
University: Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/66323
 

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