Should we care about neutrality in the city?

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Neutrality in political philosophy is a contested idea. The paper argues that there are valid moral reasons to incorporate neutrality in spatial organization considerations, by appealing to universal reasons rather than sectarian reasons. This is a view that defends ‘justificatory neutrality’. The paper responds to previous concerns regarding the applicability of neutrality in the spatial sphere, arguing that the conception of justificatory neutrality successfully addresses these concerns. Yet, the paper raises doubts whether the arguments that persist in the current political philosophy literature can or should, at the end of the day, be applied to the spatial sphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalUrban Research and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018


  • minarets
  • moral values
  • neutrality
  • spatial organization
  • universalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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