On Toleration

On Toleration

by Michael Walzer
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ISBN-10:
0300076002
ISBN-13:
9780300076004
Pub. Date:
04/28/1999
Publisher:
Yale University Press
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On Toleration


What kinds of political arrangements enable people from different national, racial, religious, or ethnic groups to live together in peace? In this book one of the most influential political theorists of our time discusses the politics of toleration. Michael Walzer examines five "regimes of toleration"—from multinational empires to immigrant societies—and describes the strengths and weaknesses of each regime, as well as the varying forms of toleration and exclusion each fosters. Walzer shows how power, class, and gender interact with religion, race, and ethnicity in the different regimes and discusses how toleration works—and how it should work—in multicultural societies like the United States.

Walzer offers an eloquent defense of toleration, group differences, and pluralism, moving quickly from theory to practical issues, concrete examples, and hard questions. His concluding argument is focused on the contemporary United States and represents an effort to join and advance the debates about "culture war," the "politics of difference," and the "disuniting of America." Although he takes a grim view of contemporary politics, he is optimistic about the possibility of coexistence: cultural pluralism and a common citizenship can go together, he suggests, in a strong and egalitarian democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300076004
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/28/1999
Series: Castle Lectures Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
INTRODUCTION: How to Write About Toleration 1(7)
CHAPTER ONE: Personal Attitudes and Political Arrangements
8(6)
CHAPTER TWO: Five Regimes of Toleration
14(23)
Multinational Empires
14(5)
International Society
19(3)
Consociations
22(2)
Nation-States
24(6)
Immigrant Societies
30(5)
Summary
35(2)
CHAPTER THREE: Complicated Cases
37(15)
France
37(3)
Israel
40(4)
Canada
44(4)
The European Community
48(4)
CHAPTER FOUR: Practical Issues
52(31)
Power
52(4)
Class
56(4)
Gender
60(6)
Religion
66(5)
Education
71(5)
Civil Religion
76(4)
Tolerating the Intolerant
80(3)
CHAPTER FIVE: Modern and Postmodern Toleration
83(10)
The Modern Projects
83(4)
Postmodernity
87(6)
EPILOGUE: Reflections on American Multiculturalism 93(20)
Notes 113(8)
Acknowledgments 121(2)
Index 123

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On Toleration offers a brief, eloquent and extremely interesting examination of the concept and practice of toleration. More specifically, it seeks to explain what 'sustains toleration' - 'how it works'. To the extent that it is possible to accomplish such a Herculean task within the confines of such a brief text, it succeeds admirably. Walzer presents an 'historical and contextual account of toleration,' using real-world examples to help illustrate the complex character of toleration and the difficulties associated with trying to secure and sustain a tolerant society; he provides a lucid and insightful examination that usefully conflates a philosophical and pragmatic approach to the problem of engendering, securing and sustaining peaceful coexistence among groups and individuals with conflicting views. On Toleration addresses an extremely topical and urgent matter. If an adequate degree of toleration cannot be achieved both within and amongst the various communities that inhabit the globe, it seems increasingly unlikely that the world (at least as we currently know it) will survive to witness the end of the new millennium. On Toleration offers a useful contribution to the ongoing efforts to develop effective responses to the problems of stability produced by the increasing fragmentation and polarisation of humanity.