Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Vol 22, No 1 (2009)

Religion and Public Reason: An Epistemological Interpretation

Raphaël de Vietri
Issued Date: 17 Aug 2009


Using Audi’s argument for secular public debate as a starting point, which argues for the exclusion of religion from individuals’ public political discourse, this paper argues that it is a fundamental obligation of all citizens in a pluralistic liberal democracy to adhere to a notion of ‘public reason’. It does not, however accept Audi and Rawls’ interpretations of the notion of public reason uncritically. Through a comparative study of both philosophers’ principles, a new interpretation of the notion is put forward which focuses on epistemic sources as the crucial criteria for deciding what counts as public reason.

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DOI: 10.1558/arsr.v22i1.64


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