Philosophy, social institutions, and the ethics of belief: a response to Buchanan

Carter, A.B. (2009) Philosophy, social institutions, and the ethics of belief: a response to Buchanan. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 26(3), p. 299. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-5930.2009.00454.x)

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Abstract

First, Allen Buchanan, in the version of his paper entitled 'Philosophy and public policy: a role for social moral epistemology' that he presented at the workshop on 'Philosophy and Public Policy' held at the British Academy in London on March 8th 2008, seems to imply that professional, academic philosophers have had little impact upon public policy. I mention an area where it can be argued in response that they have had a more benign, as well as a more widespread, influence on society than Buchanan acknowledges in that version of his paper: in legislation concerning animal welfare. Second, I question whether or not the liberal commitment to freedom of religion is compatible with the ethics of belief that Buchanan appears to advocate.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:UNSPECIFIED
Authors: Carter, A.B.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Philosophy
ISSN:0264-3758
ISSN (Online):1468-5930

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