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Respecting TolerationTraditional Liberalism and Contemporary Diversity$
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Peter Balint

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198758594

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758594.001.0001

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A Tolerant Society

A Tolerant Society

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(p.1) 1 A Tolerant Society
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Respecting Toleration
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Peter Balint

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758594.003.0001

This first chapter introduces the main premises and ideas for the book. It begins by outlining three challenges that need to be addressed in any defence of toleration and traditional liberalism: The Multicultural Challenge, The Despotism Challenge, and The Neutrality Challenge. The chapter argues for an understanding of toleration that is justified through freedom, and applies this to diversity in its broadest sense—that is, not simply cultural or belief-dependent. It introduces the idea of toleration as permissive, and grounds its understanding in traditional liberalism. The importance of distinguishing between different agents of toleration is drawn out—in this case, the state or the citizen. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the role of principles in political theory.

Keywords:   toleration, political toleration, multiculturalism, neutrality, traditional liberalism, diversity, state/citizen

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