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Politics of Religious Freedom$
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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and Saba Mahmood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226248479

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.001.0001

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Religious Freedom’s Oxymoronic Edge

Religious Freedom’s Oxymoronic Edge

(p.324) Chapter Twenty-Seven Religious Freedom’s Oxymoronic Edge
Politics of Religious Freedom

Wendy Brown

University of Chicago Press

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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