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Women's Rights as Multicultural ClaimsReconfiguring Gender and Diversity in Political Philosophy$
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Monica Mookherjee

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632794

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632794.001.0001

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Ordering Souls without Intolerance – Towards a Constrained Presumption for Educational Accommodation

Ordering Souls without Intolerance – Towards a Constrained Presumption for Educational Accommodation

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(p.96) Chapter 4 Ordering Souls without Intolerance – Towards a Constrained Presumption for Educational Accommodation
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Women's Rights as Multicultural Claims
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Monica Mookherjee

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632794.003.0004

This chapter advocates a search for compromises between educators and parents to offset the burdens imposed by apparently neutral education for citizenship. It considers the anti-accommodationist policy of political liberals in the sphere of civic education and questions their characterisation of religious devotion as a source of political unreasonableness. It contends that a liberal system bears some remedial responsibility for its effect on non-mainstream world views and shows how civic ends can be achieved without intolerance towards those who espouse beliefs that fall outside the mainstream. It re-evaluates concerns about cases such as Mozert v. Hawkins by shifting attention from the manner in which evangelical Christians (purportedly) hold their beliefs towards the subject matter of the accommodation that they demand.

Keywords:   neutral education, citizenship, anti-accommodationist policy, political liberals, civic education, liberal system, intolerance, Mozert v. Hawkins, evangelical Christians

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