Toleration and Identity: Foundations in Early Modern Thought

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Overview

Recently, there has been a notable rise in interest in the idea of "toleration", a rise that Ingrid Creppell argues comes more from distressing political developments than positive ones, and almost all of them are related to issues of identity: rampant genocide in the 20th Century, the resurgence of religious fundamentalism around the world; and ethnic-religious wars in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In Toleration and
Identity
, Creppell argues that a contemporary ethic of toleration must include recognition of identity issues, and that the traditional liberal ideal of toleration is not sufficiently understood if we define it strictly as one of individual rights and freedom beliefs. Moving back and forth between contemporary debates and the foundational writings of Bodin, Montaigne, Lock, and Defoe, Toleration and
Identity
provides a fresh perspective on two key ideas deeply connected to current philosophical debates and political issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415933018
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingrid Creppell is an Associate Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. She has published in Theory & Event, Political Theory, and Res Publica.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: Basic Reconceptions 1
Ch. 2 Language and Identity: Making Toleration a Norm 19
Ch. 3 Bodin and the State: Structuring a Political Self 39
Ch. 4 Montaigne and the Body: Self-Reflection in Time 65
Ch. 5 Locke and Society: Boundaries of Recognition 91
Ch. 6 Defoe and the Individual: Forms of Public Judgment 125
Ch. 7 Rebuilding Toleration 153
Notes 163
Selected Bibliography 193
Index 207
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