Criminal Law and Philosophy

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 547–558 | Cite as

Reply to Five Critics of Why Tolerate Religion?

  • Brian Leiter


This is my contribution to a symposium on my book Why Tolerate Religion? (Princeton, 2013), in which I respond to essays by François Boucher (Montreal) and Cécile Laborde (University College London), Frederick Schauer (Virginia), Corey Brettschneider (Brown), and Peter Jones (Newcastle). I clarify and revise my view of the sense in which some religious beliefs are “insulated from reasons and evidence” in response to the criticisms of Boucher and Laborde (2015), but take issue with other aspects of their critique. I defend most of my original argument against utilitarian and egalitarian objections from, respectively, Schauer and Brettschneider. I also discuss and defend the “No Exemptions” approach to conscientious objection to neutral laws of general applicability against a variety of objections, arguing, in particular, that my view is probably not very different from that of Jones.


Religion Toleration Exemptions John Stuart Mill John Rawls 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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