Original scientific paper
Living According to Conscience
; Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Rijeka
Julija Perhat orcid.org/0000-0003-3424-9421 ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Rijeka
APA 6th Edition
Baccarini, E. & Perhat, J. (2021). Living According to Conscience. Politička misao, 58 (4), 35-51. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.58.4.02
MLA 8th Edition
Baccarini, Elvio and Julija Perhat. "Living According to Conscience." Politička misao, vol. 58, no. 4, 2021, pp. 35-51. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.58.4.02. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.
Chicago 17th Edition
Baccarini, Elvio and Julija Perhat. "Living According to Conscience." Politička misao 58, no. 4 (2021): 35-51. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.58.4.02
Baccarini, E., and Perhat, J. (2021). 'Living According to Conscience', Politička misao, 58(4), pp. 35-51. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.58.4.02
Baccarini E, Perhat J. Living According to Conscience. Politička misao [Internet]. 2021 [cited 2023 November 29];58(4):35-51. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.58.4.02
E. Baccarini and J. Perhat, "Living According to Conscience", Politička misao, vol.58, no. 4, pp. 35-51, 2021. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.58.4.02
We discuss the proposal of Chandran Kukathas engaged in one of the goals ofliberal theories: the protection of freedom of conscience. Kukathas proposesthe metaphor of a liberal archipelago where different communities are sovereignin enforcing their worldview on their territory. We share Kukathas’sintention to strongly protect freedom of conscience, but we think that Kukathas’stheory fails to adequately protect it. In Kukathas’s view, freedom ofconscience is protected through freedom of association and the related freedomto exit an association. But freedom of exit, intended only as a right notto be coerced when one wants to leave, is insufficient. It must be sustained bythe provision of capabilities to leave that one can exercise, as well as by capabilitiesto evaluate her condition. We discuss, then, a more promising proposalof an egalitarian libertarian archipelago proposed by Michael Otsuka. Afterexplaining why this system isn’t sufficiently stable, we conclude that the constitutionalegalitarian liberal state is a better candidate.
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