Conscience and Conscientious Objections by A. Schinkel

By A. Schinkel

Moral sense, conscientious, objections, anders, shinkel

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Historical examples (Socrates and Thomas More, among others) are used to show the presence of core elements of the symbol of conscience in conscientious objections, and to illustrate different aspects of conscientious objection. In chapter 15 I turn to two case studies. The first case is that of conscientious objection to military service in the Netherlands, in the last ten 24 Luhmann’s theory of conscientious objection is, basically, his theory of freedom of conscience. 37 years of conscription.

61 Whitehead (1968), 49. 3. THE THEORY OF SYMBOLS Whitehead, Voegelin, Tillich, and Polanyi have all written about symbols and symbolism. 64 I am interested in a specific notion of the symbol, and both Voegelin, Tillich, and Polanyi contribute to an understanding of that notion. 1. Voegelin on the symbol of immortality When Voegelin speaks of immortality as a symbol, he means that the term ‘immortality’ does not refer to an object in the external world, to be seen or touched, but instead relates to a complex of meaning.

67 The validity of this contention will have to be judged by the clarity gained (or not) in the course of this analysis. 2. Tillich on symbols and signs Paul Tillich’s discussion of symbols and signs provides some further elements of the notion of symbol that will be used in this book. 68 Though it is true, it is also somewhat unfortunately formulated. The ‘pointing beyond themselves’ that symbols do is very different from that which signs do. One reason for this is that signs are arbitrary; the connection with the referent is solely based on convention.

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