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Respecting Toleration: Traditional Liberalism and Contemporary Diversity

Peter Balint


The question of toleration matters more than ever. The politics of the twenty-first century is replete with both the successes and, all too often, the failures of toleration. Yet a growing number of thinkers and practitioners have argued against toleration. Some believe that liberal democracies are better served by different principles, such as respect of, or recognition for, people’s ways of life. Others argue that because the liberal state should be entirely neutral or indifferent towards people’s ways of life, it can no longer be tolerant—it has no grounds on which it can object, and so the ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758594
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Balint, author
Senior Lecturer in International and Political Studies, The University of New South Wales in Canberra