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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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(p.145) 7 Conclusion
Respecting Toleration

Peter Balint

Oxford University Press

This final chapter summarizes the main arguments of the book. After outlining once again the three challenges that need to be addressed in any defence of toleration and traditional liberalism: The Multicultural Challenge, The Despotism Challenge, and The Neutrality Challenge. the chapter argues for an understanding of toleration that is justified through freedom, one that applies to diversity in its broadest sense, one that is permissive, and one that is clearly tied to traditional liberalism. The chapter concludes that toleration is worthy of our respect as it provides the fairest and widest accommodation of the complex diversity that exists, and will likely persist, in our contemporary societies.

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

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