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Public Reason And Inclusionism As Pseudo-Inclusionism

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In this chapter, the author claims that inclusionism is not as inclusionist, but pseudo-inclusionism. It pays lip service to the permissibility of religious arguments in public discourse, but suggests requirements for public discourse which seriously restrict the use of these arguments. He elaborates on two of these conditions: the exclusion of what Kent Greenawalt has called 'imposition reasons' and the fallibilism requirement. Greenawalt gives several examples of imposition reasons. One is that of a person who supports classroom prayer in state schools because he thinks that this would induce Jewish children to abandon their faith. A second example is that of an opponent of homosexuality who is convinced that homosexuality is a sin. Finally, the author ascribes the failure of inclusionism to be properly inclusionist to its conception of a person, arguing that inclusionism only avoids being unduly restrictive for those citizens who conform to that conception.

Keywords: fallibilism requirement; homosexuality; imposition reasons; inclusionism



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