Legislating Morality by Lucinda Joy Peach
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Legislating Morality
By Lucinda Joy Peach

Legislating Morality

Pluralism and Religious Identity in Lawmaking

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Legislating Morality by Lucinda Joy Peach

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A recurring issue in American political life is the role that religion plays in public law making. While many believe that religious voices have been unjustly suppressed in public life and should be accorded a more prominent role in the making of public policy, others argue that religion (Christianity in particular) is already such an institutionalised part of American public life that religious minorities can sometimes be made to feel like outsiders. In this thorough and thoughtful book, Lucinda Peach sheds new light on this discussion by proposing a fresh and pragmatic alternative: recognising the value of liberal arguments about the importance of religious diversity, on the one hand, she gives equal weight to communitarian concerns about the centrality of religion to moral and political identity, on the other. Defending compromise, she proposes that lawmakers incorporate different viewpoints into the process of forging crucial legislative decisions. But Legislating Morality's most original quality lies in the feminist perspective with which it addresses the general issue of how conflicts between religious identity and constitutional rights can be resolved in lawmaking. Groundbreaking and comprehensive, this book will be recognised across disciplines as a significant contribution to public policy, religious ethics and the law.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195143713
ISBN-10: 019514371X
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 163mm x 24mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lucinda Joy Peach

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

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