Review essay: Respect and toleration reconsidered (under consideration: Rainer Forst's toleranz im konflikt: Geschichte, gehalt, und gegenwart eines umstrittenen begriffs (frankfurt am main: Suhrkamp, 2003) (english translation forthcoming, cambridge university press))

Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (8):941-954 (2008)
Toleration and respect belong to those concepts that in contemporary political debates are very frequently used, but also misused. This review article is an attempt to enter these discussions and clarify the meaning of the concepts. It is done through reference to the most advanced theory on toleration today, by the German philosopher Rainer Forst. Since his approach allows for ill-considered implications, in the final part of my article I introduce arguments that question some of them. It seems too far-reaching to presuppose an ongoing process of advancement in toleration. Furthermore, one cannot argue that we have to establish a ranking in universal morality at the bottom and the particular ethicality above. Forst, however, explains toleration as a balanced conflict between universally accepted moral norms and particular ethical world-views
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