European Journal of Political Theory 12 (3):240-252 (2013)

Authors
Enzo Rossi
University of Amsterdam
Abstract
In this paper I argue that equal respect-based accounts of the normative basis of tolerance are self-defeating, insofar as they are unable to specify the limits of tolerance in a way that is consistent with their own commitment to the equal treatment of all conceptions of the good. I show how this argument is a variant of the long-standing ‘conflict of freedoms’ objection to Kantian-inspired, freedom-based accounts of the justification of systems of norms. I criticize Thomas Scanlon’s defence of ‘pure tolerance’, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti’s work on the relationship between tolerance, equal respect and recognition, and Arthur Ripstein’s recent response to the ‘conflict of freedoms’ objection. The upshot of my argument is that, while valuing tolerance for its own sake may be an appealing ideal, it is not a feasible way of grounding a system of norms. I close with a thumbnail sketch of two alternative, instrumental (i.e. non-Kantian) approaches to the normative foundations of tolerance
Keywords toleration  tolerance  Scanlon  respect  liberalism
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/1474885112465246
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

A Critique of Pure Tolerance.Robert Paul Wolff - 1969 - Boston: Beacon Press.
Stoic Tolerance.Andrew Fiala - 2003 - Res Publica 9 (2):149-168.
Tolerance as a Virtue of Justice.Rainer Forst - 2001 - Philosophical Explorations 4 (3):193 – 206.
Tolerance and Liberal Justice.Daniel Augenstein - 2010 - Ratio Juris 23 (4):437-459.
La tolérance et le conflit des raisons.Manuel Toscano - 2000 - Revue Philosophique De Louvain 98 (1):27-46.
The Limits of Tolerance in Education.Zdenko Kodelja - 2006 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 4:85-92.
A Rethinking of Contemporary Religious Tolerance.James J. Delaney & Jeffrey Dueck - 2003 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77:73-82.
A Strategy of Clinical Tolerance for the Prevention of Hiv and Aids in China.Yanguang Wang - 2000 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25 (1):48 – 61.
Pluralism, Toleration, and Ethical Promiscuity.Philip J. Ivanhoe - 2009 - Journal of Religious Ethics 37 (2):311-329.
Militant Tolerance.Lee Wilkins - 2003 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 17 (1):59-72.
Must the Tolerant Person Have a Sense of Humour? On the Structure of Tolerance as a Virtue.David Owen - 2011 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (3):385-403.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-03-16

Total views
535 ( #9,735 of 2,330,106 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
32 ( #19,199 of 2,330,106 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes