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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814794111
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Nomos Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa S. Williams is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and founding director of the university’s Centre for Ethics. She is the current editor of the NOMOS series, and author of Voice, Trust and Memory: Marginalized Groups and the Failings of Liberal Representation.

Jeremy Waldron is Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. He is the author of Nonsense upon Stilts: Bentham, Burke and Marx on the Rights of Man.

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Table of Contents

Preface   Melissa S. Williams     ix
Contributors     xiii
Introduction   Jeremy Waldron   Melissa S. Williams     1
Toleration in the Western Canon of Political Philosophy
Hobbes on Public Worship   Jeremy Waldron     31
Spinoza on Why the Sovereign Can Command Men's Tongues but Not Their Minds   Michael A. Rosenthal     54
Pierre Bayle's Reflexive Theory of Toleration   Rainer Forst     78
Locke's Main Argument for Toleration   Alex Tuckness     114
The Mode and Limits of John Stuart Mill's Toleration   Glyn Morgan     139
Toleration and Virtue
Is Toleration a Political Virtue?   David Heyd     171
Forbearant and Engaged Toleration: A Comment on David Heyd   Kathryn Abrams     195
"Virtuous to Himself": Pluralistic Democracy and the Toleration of Tolerations   Andrew Sabl     220
Liberal Toleration
Toleration and Liberal Commitments   Steven D. Smith     243
Toleration and Truth: Comments on Steven D. Smith   Rainer Forst     281
How Impoverishing Is Liberalism? A Comment on Steven D. Smith   Glyn Morgan     293
Is There Logical Space on the Moral Map for Toleration? A Brief Comment onSmith, Morgan, and Forst   Lawrence A. Alexander     300
Toleration and Identity
Toleration, Politics, and the Role of Mutuality   Ingrid Creppell     315
Toleration, Politics, and the Role of Murality   Glen Newey     360
Morality, Self-interest, and the Politics of Toleration   Noah Feldman     392
Tolerance as/in Civilizational Discourse   Wendy Brown     406
Index     443
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