Toleration On Trial

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Toleration on Trial offers the only multidsciplinary 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 ...
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Overview

Toleration on Trial offers the only multidsciplinary 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 people 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: 9780739115244
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 0.71 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (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

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Conceptualizing Toleration
The Limits of Toleration   Rainer Forst     17
Institutionalizing Toleration   Jack Knight     31
Toleration and Self-Skepticism   Dimitri Landa     49
Commentary: Tolerant Institutions   John Ferejohn     73
Toleration and Sexuality
Of Socinians and Homosexuals: Trust and the Limits of Toleration   Richard H. Dees     85
Toleration as Recognition: The Case for Same-Sex Marriage   Anna Elisabetta Galeotti     111
Commentary: Liberal Toleration, Recognition, and Same-Sex Marriage: A Response to Richard H. Dees and Anna Elisabetta Galeotti   George Klosko     135
Toleration and Religion
Tropes and Challenges of Islamic Toleration   Charles Kurzman     153
Toleration in Modern Islamic Polity: Contemporary Islamic Views   Emad Shahin     169
Reason, Tradition and Authority: Religion and the Indian State   Pratap Mehta     193
Commentary: Muslim Societies, Muslim Minorities   Nathan Brown     215
Toleration and Psychology
The Authoritarian Dynamic: Racial, Political and Moral Intolerance Under Conditions of SocietalThreat   Karen Stenner     225
Is Intolerance Incorrigible? An Analysis of Change Among Russians   James Gibson     257
Commentary: Institutions, Individuals and the Sources of Toleration   Steven Kelts     287
Index     297
About the Contributors     305
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