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Religious Freedom’s Oxymoronic Edge

Religious Freedom’s Oxymoronic Edge

Chapter:
(p.324) Chapter Twenty-Seven Religious Freedom’s Oxymoronic Edge
Source:
Politics of Religious Freedom
Author(s):
Wendy Brown
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0032

This essay uses the writings of Plato and Martin Luther King to call into question the neat separation that the liberal conception of religious freedom draws between the privacy of conscience and the publicity of political action. Brown invites us to consider that freedom—in its various formulations—is not necessarily opposed to submission but subject to various forms of authority, whether it be the authority of god, state, reason, self, rights, or justice.

Keywords:   freedom, Martin Luther King, Plato, Socrates, public and private, liberalism

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