Toleration and Identity: Foundations in Early Modern Thought

Toleration and Identity: Foundations in Early Modern Thought

by Ingrid Creppell
     
 

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

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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:
9780415933025
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/13/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Ch. 1Introduction: Basic Reconceptions1
Ch. 2Language and Identity: Making Toleration a Norm19
Ch. 3Bodin and the State: Structuring a Political Self39
Ch. 4Montaigne and the Body: Self-Reflection in Time65
Ch. 5Locke and Society: Boundaries of Recognition91
Ch. 6Defoe and the Individual: Forms of Public Judgment125
Ch. 7Rebuilding Toleration153
Notes163
Selected Bibliography193
Index207

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