Chicago's Best Ideas with Brian Leiter, "Why Tolerate Religion?"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:25pm
Room II

Is there a principled reason why religious obligations that conflict with the law are accorded special toleration while other obligations of conscience are not? In Why Tolerate Religion? (Princeton, 2013), Professor Leiter argues there are no good reasons for doing so, that the reasons for tolerating religion are not specific to religion but apply to all claims of conscience. He also argues that a government committed to liberty of conscience is not required by the principal of toleration to grant burden-shifting exemptions to laws that promote the general welfare.

Brian Leiter is Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and Director, Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago Law School.

Chicago’s Best Ideas, a lecture series begun in honor of the University of Chicago Law School’s centennial, highlights the intellectual innovations of the school’s distinguished faculty. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Lunch is provided.

Brian Leiter