Toleration On Trial

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Toleration on Trial offers the only multidisciplinary study available on the issue of toleration, bringing together political psychologists, philosophers, sociologists, Islamic scholars, and political theorists to examine the most pressing debates in the field. The volume addresses the toleration question from a number of angles: toleration and its application to gay rights; Islam and toleration; institutional, ideological, and psychological preconditions for its practice; and philosophical and conceptual arguments for the principle of toleration. The common thread running throughout the volume is the core question: Is toleration primarily a product of institutional arrangements, or is it an attitude of individuals? To answer this adequately, the authors believe that a contemporary analysis of the possibility, significance and requirements of toleration must be fully cognizant of the democratic, or more accurately_politically mobilized_background in which toleration becomes a difficult issue. Conflicts between deeply divided groups within nations and between groups across political boundaries pose the issue of threat and risk to a practice or way of life that many peoples find difficult to accept. Can the idea and practice of toleration manage these in politically and ethically defensible ways? These essays address various aspects of the aim to establish or strengthen toleration among politically mobilized groups, in a context of contemporary democratic challenges.

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Editorial Reviews

Ira Katznelson
This rich book illuminates toleration at a time of fear. Ranging from individual psychology to institutional arrangements, from law to norms, from religion to sexuality, and from West to East, the volume's sharply-etched essays offer guides to vexing challenges posed by human pluralism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739115237
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingrid Creppell is associate professor of political science at George Washington University. Russell Hardin is professor of politics at New York University. Stephen Macedo is Laurence S. Rockefeller professor of politics and director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgements Chapter 4 Biographies of the Authors Chapter 5 Introduction Part 6 I Conceptualizing Toleration Chapter 7 1 The Limits of Toleration Chapter 8 2 Institutionalizing Toleration Chapter 9 3 Toleration and Self-Skepticism Chapter 10 Commentary: Liberal Toleration, Recognition, and Same-Sex Marriage: A Response to Richard Dees and Elisabetta Galeotti Chapter 10 Commentary: Tolerant Institutions Part 12 II Toleration and Sexuality Chapter 13 4 Of Socinians and Homosexuals: Trust and the LImits of Toleration Chapter 14 5 Toleration as Recognition: The Case for Same-Sex Marriage Part 15 III Toleration and Religion Chapter 16 6 Tropes and Challenges of Islamic Toleration Chapter 17 7 Toleration in a Modern Islamic Polity: Contemporary Islamist Views Chapter 17 9 The Authoritarian Dynamic: Racial, Political, and Moral Intolerance Under Conditions of Societal Threat Chapter 19 8 Reason, Tradition, and Authority: Religion and the Indian State Chapter 20 Commentary: Muslim Societies, Muslim Minorities Part 21 IV Toleration and Psychology Chapter 22 10 Is Intolerance Incorrigible? An Analysis of Change Among Russians Chapter 23 Commentary: Institutions, Individuals, and the Sources of Toleration

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