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Our use of the term "Machiavellian" to describe the actions of a political leader who ignores claims of conscience and instead justifies the ends by the means represents just one aspect of the famous Renaissance thinker who lived from 1469 to 1527.
To this end, he takes aim at a variety of false dichotomies that jeopardize the claims of conscience.
It proposes a definition of conscience, something that cannot be supplied by science or medicine, then proposes to instruct its reader on 'the limits of conscientious refusals,' describing how claims of conscience should be weighed in the context of other values critical to the ethical practice of health care" (p.
If claims of conscience are often associated with a specifically liberal and Christian tradition, mid-twentieth century Britain can be said to stand at the centre of that tradition.
No one will be beheaded, as Sir Thomas and others were, for refusing to place the latest decrees of Caesar above the ancient claims of conscience.
When it comes to accommodation of practices, and not just beliefs, Leiter argues that it would be impractical to accommodate all claims of conscience and "unfair" and "arbitrar[y]" to single out claims that are grounded in religious belief.
This is precisely right; psychological distress may provide reasons to respect conscience but these reasons can be too easily overridden in ways most people do not think claims of conscience usually should be.
It is true that the claims of religion and the claims of conscience frequently coincide, as in conscientious objector cases, for religion commonly asks us to believe what there is reason to believe as a matter of conscience.
151) Greenawalt, supra note 134, at 824; see also Vischer, supra note 138, at 857 ("[W]e should hesitate to legitimize religiously derived claims of conscience over other types.
Claims of conscience may sound high minded, but increasingly they are being used by the Religious Right as an excuse to force a narrow version of religion on everyone else.
Claims of conscience may invoke sympathy, but it doesn't follow that all such claims are equally valid; some trample on the rights of others.
Claims of conscience should be open--in that they belong in public life--and should be subject to standards of reason, especially when such claims put demands on society.
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