What toleration is

Ethics 115 (1):68-95 (2004)
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Attempting to settle various debates from recent literature regarding its precise nature, I offer a detailed conceptual analysis of toleration. I begin by isolating toleration from other notions; this provides us some guidance by introducing the eight definitional conditions of toleration that I then explicate and defend. Together, these eight conditions indicate that toleration is an agent’s intentional and principled refraining from interfering with an opposed other (or their behavior, etc.) in situations of diversity, where the agent believes she has the power to interfere. This non-normative definition can serve as a preliminary to normative discussions of toleration.

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Andrew Jason Cohen
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1. Toleration: An Impossible Virtue?Bernard Williams - 1998 - In David Heyd (ed.), Toleration: An Elusive Virtue. Princeton University Press. pp. 18-27.
Introduction.David Heyd - 1998 - In Toleration: An Elusive Virtue. Princeton University Press. pp. 3-17.
The limits of toleration.Mary Warnock - 1987 - In Susan Mendus & David Edwards (eds.), On Toleration. Oxford University Press. pp. 123--40.

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