Faith in Schools? Autonomy, Citizenship, and Religious Education in the Liberal State

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CONTENTS
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
PART I: Civic Education and Religious Schools13
CHAPTER 1 The Civic Case against Religious Schools15
  The Civic Goals of Education16
  Civic Goals as the Only Goals of Public Education Policy21
  Do Religious Schools Make Good Citizens?29
  The Civic Value of Religious Schools35
  Responses and Conclusions37
CHAPTER 2 Civic Education and the Autonomy Problem in Political Liberalism41
  Conflicting Educational Goals: Three Approaches to Resolution41
  Liberalism without Political Primacy49
  Is Autonomy a “Cost” of Civic Education?54
  Liberal Democratic Principles Presuppose the Value of Autonomy60
  Conclusion62
PART II: Autonomy as a Public Value65
CHAPTER 3 Autonomy, Identity, and Choice67
  Autonomy as Ongoing Rational Reflection69
  Caricatures of Rational Autonomy73
  The Nature of Autonomous Reflection81
  Conclusion86
CHAPTER 4 The Value of Autonomy in a Pluralist World88
  John Stuart Mill, Joseph Raz, and the Intrinsic Value of Autonomy88
  Contemporary Liberal Responses to Mill: The Neutrality Condition92
  Autonomy and Moral Responsibility93
  Arguments for the Instrumental Value of Autonomy96
  The Instrumental Value of Autonomy and the Neutrality Principle103
  Conclusion111

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