In this section we argue that contractualism helps answer the question: Why should we respect the consciences of others?
Thus, people's reasons to act consistently with their consciences are at the heart of their first-person reasons (Childress 1979).
In the court of conscience
, there are no physical lawyers.
is the voice of God in our hearts and minds, not our own voice.
Indeed, the official publication of Catholics for Choice in which the present article appears is titled Conscience
These days, conservatives seem to own "conscience
." Consider the current objection to marriage equality.
Four reasons help explain why we so rarely hear theologians referring to sensus fidelium as the laity's beliefs about matters of faith and morals that stem from their consciences
People who live illegally, in opposition to the voice of their consciences
, carry the grubby signs of not living in a clean and honest manner, and their immorality is reflected as a darkness in their faces.
Many of us are familiar with the word conscience
. We usually associate the word with our moral conduct in life or our standard of right and wrong.
Seulement, soulignait Hegel, la philosophie postcritique peut conduire la conscience
a la forme la plus haute du savoir et faire tomber l'ensemble des demonstrations caracteristiques de la metaphysique dogmatique, en tant que savoir etranger aux possibilites memes de la connaissance (3).
They can then require doctors and nurses to abide by institutional restrictions even when the restrictions conflict with their individual consciences
. Under all but a few conscience
clauses, care may be refused even in emergency situations.
When the laws of institutions such as the state and the family conflict with an individual's sense of what is right and important, we are drawn--in literature, at least--to respect and admire the conscience
of the individual.
Cited as an influence by public figures ranging from Billy Graham to Barack Obama, "An American Conscience
: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story" by Jeremy L.
One interesting fact it shows is how the same arguments about conscience
and freedom of conscience
kept independently cropping up throughout history.