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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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Tolerance and the Citizen

Tolerance and the Citizen

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Respecting Toleration

Peter Balint

Oxford University Press

This chapter returns to the meaning of tolerance. It puts forward a non-moralized and descriptive account of forbearance tolerance, where neither the reasons for objection nor the reasons for non-hindrance are morally qualified. While this marks an important departure from the dominant orthodox views of forbearance tolerance, the chapter argues that such a view both matches onto our use of the term, and more importantly, can deal more effectively with acts of unjustified intolerance between citizens than the more moralized variants. It is the crucial minimum in inter-citizen relations. This descriptive understanding of forbearance tolerance applies to states too, and thus it completes the conceptual picture of political toleration that began in Chapter 2.

Keywords:   tolerance, toleration, intolerance, political tolerance, state toleration, inter-citizen relations

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