Toleration and its Limits

Toleration and its Limits

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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

  • Hardback | 481 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 24mm | 1,778.07g
  • New York University Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Wyd ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0814794114
  • 9780814794111
  • 1,896,103

Table of contents

Preface Contributors Introduction PART I * Hobbes on Public Worship Jeremy Waldron * Spinoza on Why the Sovereign Can Command Men's Tongues but Not Their Minds Michael A. Rosenthal * Pierre Bayle's Reflexive Theory of Toleration Rainer Forst * Locke's Main Argument for Toleration Alex Tuckness * The Mode and Limits of John Stuart Mill's Toleration Glyn Morgan PART II * Is Toleration a Political Virtue? David Heyd * Forbearant and Engaged Toleration: A Comment on David Heyd Kathryn Abrams * "Virtuous to Himself": Pluralistic Democracy and the Toleration of Tolerations Andrew Sabl PART III: LIBERAL TOLERATION * Toleration and Liberal Commitments Steven D. Smith * Toleration and Truth: Comments on Steven D. Smith Rainer Forst * How Impoverishing Is Liberalism? A Comment on Steven D. Smith Glyn Morgan * Is There Logical Space on the Moral Map for Toleration? A Brief Comment on Smith, Morgan, and Forst Lawrence A. Alexander PART IV * Toleration, Politics, and the Role of Mutuality Ingrid Creppell * Toleration, Politics, and the Role of Murality Glen Newey * Morality, Self-interest, and the Politics of Toleration Noah Feldman * Tolerance as/in Civilizational Discourse Wendy Brown Index

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About Melissa S. Williams

Melissa S. Williams is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Toronto. 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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