The fluidity of neutrality

Andrew Koppelman*

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The political ideal of neutrality toward conceptions of the good is unsustainable at the extremely abstract level proposed by some liberal theorists. Neutrality is nonetheless a valuable political ideal. One of the many ways that government can go wrong is to take a position on some question that it would, all things considered, be better for it to abstain from deciding. The classic example is the question of which (if any) religion is true. The idea of neutrality holds that government ought to avoid this pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-648
Number of pages16
JournalReview of Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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