Redeeming the Enlightenment: New Histories of Religious Toleration*

  title={Redeeming the Enlightenment: New Histories of Religious Toleration*},
  author={Jeffrey R. Collins},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={607 - 636}
  • J. Collins
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • History
  • The Journal of Modern History
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    An overriding moral commitment to autonomy and individuality, as Rawls himself admitted, constitutes a rival "sectarian doctrine" rather than a neutral doctrine that transcends sectarianism. Rawls