Legislating Morality: Pluralism and Religious Identity in Lawmaking

Hardcover | March 15, 2002

byLucinda Peach

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The debate over religious lawmaking pits respect for religious pluralism against moral identity-with liberal theorists contending that religious lawmaking is generally suspect in a morally and religiously diverse polity like the United States, and communitarian ones arguing that lawmakerscannot, and should not, be expected to suppress their religious commitments in their public policy making. Looking carefully at both sides of this ongoing debate, Lucinda Peach explores the limitations as well as the value of these conflicting perspectives, and proposes a solution for theirreconciliation. Peach breaks from traditional analysis as she contends that both sides of the argument are fundamentally flawed. Neither side has been willing to recognize the merit of the other's arguments, and both have ignored the gender-based disparities of religious lawmaking (particularly with respect tothe effect religion has had on reproductive rights and abortion regulation). Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book argues for a pragmatic solution to this impasse which will respect religious pluralism, moral identity, and gender differences. Peach's proposals will be of interest tophilosophers, legal theorists, and scholars in women's studies and political science.

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The debate over religious lawmaking pits respect for religious pluralism against moral identity-with liberal theorists contending that religious lawmaking is generally suspect in a morally and religiously diverse polity like the United States, and communitarian ones arguing that lawmakerscannot, and should not, be expected to suppress ...

Lucinda Peach is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019514371X

ISBN - 13:9780195143713

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