The Weekly Five

This week’s Weekly Five highlights an interesting mix of book reviews and articles about jurisprudence, European religious pluralism, law and religion in Israel and Spain, and punishment theory. Summaries of the pieces are below.

1. Robert T. Miller (Iowa), Dogmatic Philosophy: A Review of ‘Religion Without God’: Professor Miller’s highly critical review of Ronald Dworkin’s posthumously published book, focusing in part on the fact-value distinction.

2. Marco Ventura (Siena and KU Leuven), Dynamic Law and Religion in Europe: Acknowledging Change: Choosing Change: Professor Ventura discusses developments in law and religion in Europe and articulates a methodological preference for “choosing change” in order to augment and enhance religious pluralism in Europe.

3. Aaron R. Petty (Ph.D. candidate, Leiden), The Concept of ‘Religion’ in the Supreme Court of Israel: Mr. Petty argues that the Supreme Court of Israel has regrettably imported a Christian understanding of religion as belief into its jurisprudence.

4. Samuel H. Pillsbury (Loyola LA), Questioning Retribution, Valuing Humility: Professor Pillsbury reviews the new book of Kantian philosopher Jeffrie Murphy, Punishment and the Moral Emotions: Essays in Law, Morality and Religion, and considers the possibility that Christian values might serve as a check on retributivist passions.

5.Rafael Palomino (Complutense), Manual breve de Derecho eclesiástico del Estado (2ª edición) (Spanish Law and Religion in a Nutshell (2nd Edition)): (in Spanish). The introductory chapter to Professor Palomino’s nutshell on the law of church and state of Spain. Much of interest here for comparativists, including the definition of the state and of religion that leads the chapter.

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