Toleration and Its Limits: NOMOS XLVIIIby Melissa S. Williams
Pub. Date: 03/01/2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Toleration has a rich tradition in Western political philosophy. It is, after all, one of the defining topics of political philosophy—historically pivotal in the development of modern liberalism, prominent in the writings of such canonical figures as John Locke and John Stuart Mill, and central to our understanding of the idea of a society in which
Toleration has a rich tradition in Western political philosophy. It is, after all, one of the defining topics of political philosophy—historically pivotal in the development of modern liberalism, prominent in the writings of such canonical figures as John Locke and John Stuart Mill, and central to our understanding of the idea of a society in which individuals have the right to live their own lives by their own values, left alone by the state so long as they respect the similar interests of others.
Toleration and Its Limits, the latest addition to the NOMOS series, explores the philosophical nuances of the concept of toleration and its scope in contemporary liberal democratic societies. Editors Melissa S. Williams and Jeremy Waldron carefully compiled essays that address the tradition’s key historical figures; its role in the development and evolution of Western political theory; its relation to morality, liberalism, and identity; and its limits and dangers.
Contributors: Lawrence A. Alexander, Kathryn Abrams, Wendy Brown, Ingrid Creppell, Noah Feldman, Rainer Forst, David Heyd, Glyn Morgan, Glen Newey, Michael A. Rosenthal, Andrew Sabl, Steven D. Smith, and Alex Tuckness.
Table of Contents
- Hobbes on Public Worship
- Spinoza on Why the Sovereign Can Command Men’s Tongues but Not Their Minds
Michael A. Rosenthal
- Pierre Bayle’s Reflexive Theory of Toleration
- Locke’s Main Argument for Toleration
- The Mode and Limits of John Stuart Mill’s Toleration
- Is Toleration a Political Virtue?
- Forbearant and Engaged Toleration: A Comment on David Heyd
- “Virtuous to Himself”: Pluralistic Democracy and the Toleration of Tolerations
PART III: LIBERAL TOLERATION
- Toleration and Liberal Commitments
Steven D. Smith
- Toleration and Truth: Comments on Steven D. Smith
- How Impoverishing Is Liberalism? A Comment on
Steven D. Smith
- Is There Logical Space on the Moral Map for Toleration? A Brief Comment on Smith, Morgan, and Forst
Lawrence A. Alexander
- Toleration, Politics, and the Role of Mutuality
- Toleration, Politics, and the Role of Murality
- Morality, Self-interest, and the Politics of Toleration
- Tolerance as/in Civilizational Discourse
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