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Conscience and the Common Good: Reclaiming the Space Between Person and State
Our society s longstanding commitment to the liberty of conscience has become strained by our increasingly muddled understanding of what conscience is and why we value it. Too often we equate conscience with individual autonomy, and so we reflexively favor the individual in any contest against group authority, losing sight of the fact that a vibrant liberty of conscience ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Cambridge University Press
(first published February 17th 2006)
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I started this book, which I got on interlibrary loan from the Lafayette Parish Library, back at the end of September; and it really did take me more than a month to read, not only because I was doing other things during the month of October (like being on a ten-day vacation), but because this is by no means an easy read. I found it greatly rewarding, though, and well worth the effort it took me to read it; after all, it’s a rare person who does not at times have his or her conscience come up ...more