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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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Practising Toleration

Practising Toleration

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(p.121) 6 Practising Toleration
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Respecting Toleration
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Peter Balint

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758594.003.0006

Because I have argued that toleration and neutrality are values that need to be balanced with other things held as important, it might seem that in practice they may be quickly outweighed. The chapter begins by defending the important weight of the practice of toleration and neutrality in relation to other potential considerations, and in the process further defends the culturally thin view of the state. It uses two cases studies—welfare redistribution and national defence—to show the robustness of a traditional liberal approach. This understanding of toleration is then applied to several contemporary examples of politically challenging diversity, and it is shown that the understanding of toleration put forward in the book is not only theoretically sound, but has practical application. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the boundaries of toleration.

Keywords:   toleration, tolerance, neutrality, recognition, respect for difference, traditional liberalism, multiculturalism, diversity

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