Jason Brennan (left) and Kevin Vallier (right) on political liberalism and religion.
According to some prominent versions of political liberalism, coercive political force is illegitimate unless it is justifiable from every reasonable point of view. But there are many reasonable points of view from which religious beliefs cannot be justified. This seems to mean that religious political convictions are in conflict with political liberalism. However, Vallier resists that conclusion; he thinks that religious reasoning can have a legitimate role in political discourse. In this episode, Brennan and Vallier discuss Vallier’s argument.
“Liberalism, Religion, and Integrity” (forthcoming)
“Convergence and Consensus in Public Reason” (forthcoming)
with Gerald Gaus: “The Roles of Religious Conviction in a Publicly Justified Polity: The Implications of Convergence, Asymmetry and Political Institutions” (2009)