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ERIC Number: EJ794943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Religious Freedom vs. Sex Equality
Song, Sarah
Theory and Research in Education, v4 n1 p23-40 2006
This essay examines Susan Moller Okin's writing on conflicts between religious freedom and sex equality, and her criticism of "political liberal" approaches to these conflicts, which I take to be a part of her lifelong critique of the public-private distinction. I argue that, while Okin ultimately accepted a version of the distinction, she was much less hopeful than most liberal theorists that private actions could be made just without a great deal of public coercion. This comes through especially in her writing on religion. I suggest an approach to addressing these conflicts that seeks to respect religious liberty more than Okin's prescriptions suggest she did but which, in my view, is more consistent with Okin's own liberal commitments. (Contains 23 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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