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On the Secular Requirement

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A Critical Review of the Demand for Secular States

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It is often claimed that a democratic state ought to be secular, a claim labeled here as the secular requirement. The claim is regularly treated as axiomatic by scholars and intellectuals. In the present paper, the secular requirement is challenged, and an extensive critique of the five most frequent arguments used in its support is offered. It is argued that the foundation of the secular requirement is much weaker than is commonly perceived, and that a secular state may not always be warranted.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science University of Gothenburg, Sweden, marcus.agnafors@gu.se

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