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Análisis filosófico

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GARRETA LECLERCQ, Mariano. Neutralidad estatal, libre adhesión y bienestar crítico. Anal. filos. [online]. 2005, vol.25, n.2, pp. 165-199. ISSN 1851-9636.

In A Letter Concerning Toleration, John Locke argues in favor of religious toleration positing that the state cannot make a person's life better by forcing that person to live according to beliefs he refuses. More recently, Ronald Dworkin and Will Kymlicka have developed similar arguments. In the first case, against some paternalistic policies; in the second, in support of the liberal ideal of state neutrality. My aim in the present paper is to analyze the plausibility of these arguments conceived as a defense of liberal neutrality. I will prove that both versions of the argument fail. In section II, I will object the argument's capability to support the conclusions it attempts to establish, without raising doubts about the reliability of its premises. In section III, I will submit three objections against the conception of critical well-being that constitutes the core of both versions of the argument.

Palabras clave : Paternalism; Perfectionism; Tolerance; Coercion.

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