Samvete och samvetsfrihet : en analys av samvetskonflikter i det svenska samhället och av begreppen samvete och samvetsfrihet.

Mats Aldén

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)

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The aim of this study is to describe and analyse four conflicts and two concepts.

Four conflicts of conscience found in Swedish society are studied in the second chapter. 2.2 - the state’s requirement that all male citizens do military service and the citizen’s right to refuse to do military service. 2.3 - obligatory course requirements and the college student’s right to refuse participation in certain practical studies for reasons of conscience. 2.4 - the minister’s right to refuse to marry a couple based on matters of conscience vs the vows a minister has taken to perform such ceremonies. And 2.5 -the conflict which arises when a minister who is opposed to the ordination of women as ministers, is expected to cooperate with women ministers although he has conscience-based reasons for not doing so.

In the third chapter I discuss six different theories of conscience and a suggested definition is presented. In the fourth chapter I present five arguments for freedom of conscience and a typology is provided and applied to the conflicts of conscience studied in order to answer the question of whether or not there is ample freedom to follow one’s conscience.
Original languageSwedish
Awarding Institution
  • Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date2002 Dec 7
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Bibliographical note

Defence details

Date: 2002-12-07
Time: 10:15
Place: Samarkand, Akademiska Föreningen, Sandgatan 2, Lund

External reviewer(s)

Name: Möller, Göran
Title: Docent
Affiliation: Uppsala


The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Studies in Faiths and Philosophies (015017070)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Religious Studies


  • Conscience
  • Kristen teologi (allmän
  • Moral Psychology
  • General
  • Ethics
  • Lutheran Ethics
  • Freedom of Conscience
  • Christian Ethics
  • Conscientious Refusal
  • systematic and practical Christian theology
  • systematisk och praktisk)
  • Moral science
  • Morallära

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