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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1010
Professor
Karyn Freedman
Semester
Winter

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Philosophy  Apr.2.2012 Veiled Threats? By Martha Nussbaum ­Any legitimate reasons against the Burqa ­No persuasive ideas Burqa and Headscarf: forbidden schools, at jobs, and parliamentary  challenges in Spain, France, Belgium, and Germany Question: what is it to treat people with equal respect in areas touching  on religious beliefs and observance? Unassailable assumption: human beings are equal bearers of human  dignity Conscience: the faculty with which we search for life’s meaning  (closely related to human dignity) Vulnerability: a faculty, which can be damaged by bad worldy  conditions. Equality: to give equal respect to conscience requires tailoring worldy  conditions so as to protect freedom of belief and freedom of expression  and practice. Locke: protecting liberties requires two things: laws that do no  penalize religious belief, and laws that are non­discriminatory about  practices E.g.­ requiring someone to testify in court on a holy day, or preform  military service that their religion forbids­ these are burdens on our  liberty of conscience. Accomodationist principle: where the state is not pe
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