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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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Against Respecting Each Others’ Differences

Against Respecting Each Others’ Differences

(p.99) 5 Against Respecting Each Others’ Differences
Respecting Toleration

Peter Balint

Oxford University Press

Readers sympathetic to multiculturalism or wary of tolerance may be unhappy with the picture painted so far and may wish to ask more of the citizen. This chapter examines the claim—made in both theory and policy—that citizens should respect each others’ differences. In so doing, the chapter argues that this is not a meaningful demand—it asks too much and is not linked adequately to accommodation—and nor, if one cares about accommodating diversity, is it even something that should be encouraged. None of this is to argue that citizens have no obligations of respect towards each other: they should respect each others’ sameness and behave in a generally tolerant fashion. That is, in accommodating the diversity they encounter, they may forbear, be indifferent, or, of course, respect it.

Keywords:   respect, respect for difference, respect for sameness, inter-citizen relations, tolerance, appraisal respect, recognition respect

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