This book explores the relationship between different versions of liberalism and toleration by focusing on their shared theoretical and political challenges.
Toleration is among the most pivotal and the most contested liberal values and virtues. Debates about the conceptual scope, justification, and political role of toleration are closely aligned with historical and contemporary philosophical controversies on the foundations of liberalism. The essays in this volume focus on the specific connection between toleration and liberalism. The essays in Part I reconstruct some of the major historical controversies surrounding toleration and liberalism. Part II centers on general conceptual and justificatory questions concerning toleration as a central category for the definition of liberal political theory. Part III is devoted to the theoretical analysis of applied issues and cases of conflicts of toleration in liberal states and societies.
Toleration and the Challenges to Liberalism will be of interest to researchers and advanced students in social and political philosophy, ethics, and political theory.
Johannes Drerup is Professor of Educational Theory and Philosophy of Education at the TU Dortmund, Germany and Guest Professor at the Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Gottfried Schweiger is Senior Researcher in the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg, Austria.
Toleration and the Challenges to Liberalism: Introduction
Johannes Drerup and Gottfried Schweiger
Part I. Toleration and Liberalism: Historical Controversies
1. John Locke and the "Problem" of Toleration
John William Tate
2. Toleration and the Origins of Liberalism: The Career of William Penn
Andrew R. Murphy
3. On Liberalism, Liberty of Conscience, and Toleration: Some Historical and Theoretical Reflections
Mark Hutchinson and Tim Stanton
Part II. Toleration and the Challenges to Liberalism: Conceptual and Justificatory Issues
4. The Mutual Independence of Liberalism and Toleration
5. Regimes of Toleration: Liberal and Republican
6. Liberalism and Toleration
7. Public Reason and the Burdens of Citizenship: A Case for Toleration
8. Modus Vivendi Beyond Toleration
9. Toleration, Liberal Democracy and the Problem of Intolerant Doctrines: The Example of Right-wing Populism
Part III. Toleration and Liberalism in Context: Cases and Controversies
10. Religious Toleration, Education and the Headscarf Debate
11. The Harm Principle and Corporations
Andrew Jason Cohen
12. Gypsy Traveller Nomadism and State Tolerance: A Liberal-Egalitarian View
Marcus Carlsen Häggrot
13. Toleration as a Deep Practice, Legitimate Expectations and Refugees
Gottfried Schweiger and Clemens Sedmak
"This work contains chapters on a wide variety of interesting conceptual questions regarding toleration as well as sustained treatment of some vitally important practical concerns that have been somewhat missed by the literature until now." - Timothy Fowler, University of Bristol, UK
"At a time of heightened conflicts around the rise of extremist groups in societies world-wide, this volume provides timely and vigorous insights into the fraught relation between toleration and liberalism. The contributors engage with acuity and sensitivity historical and contemporary dilemmas over the role of tolerance within liberalism. This volume will provide crucial inspiration for scholars and researchers in the field." - Monica Mookherjee, Keele University, UK