Religious Establishment According to a Substantive Ethics of Political Justice

Contemporary political theorists often disagree on whether or not religious establishment is justified in liberal states, even when its existence does not constitute a hindrance to the basic rights of citizens. In this article, I contend that religious established does not raise issues of democratic...

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Published in:Rever
Main Author: Carvalho, Tarcisio Amorim
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [publisher not identified] [2018]
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In:Rever
Year: 2018, Volume: 18, Issue: 3, Pages: 41-60
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Habermas, Jürgen 1929- / Cooke, Maeve 1959- / Honneth, Axel 1949- / Political ethics / Idea of justice / Religious institution
Further subjects:B Jürgen Habermas
B Maeve Cooke
B Political Liberalism
B Axel Honneth
B Religious Establishment
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Summary:Contemporary political theorists often disagree on whether or not religious establishment is justified in liberal states, even when its existence does not constitute a hindrance to the basic rights of citizens. In this article, I contend that religious established does not raise issues of democratic legitimacy, by showing that political frameworks of justice are entangled with substantive conceptions of the good and ethical forms of life. Then, drawing on Jürgen Habermas's latest works on the relationship between religion and the public sphere, and Maeve Cooke's readings thereof, I argue that religious symbols can contribute to the creation of meaningful imaginaries that inform moral norms and principles of justice. After this, I recall Axel Honneth's conception of "struggles for recognition", demonstrating that the recognition of specific collective traits, including religious, is necessary to provide citizens with a sense of worth and esteem.
ISSN:1677-1222
Contains:Enthalten in: Rever
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.23925/1677-1222.2018vol18i3a4