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Toleration in conflict : past and present

Author: Rainer Forst
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Series: Ideas in context.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The concept of toleration plays a central role in pluralistic societies. It designates a stance which permits conflicts over beliefs and practices to persist while at the same time defusing them, because it is based on reasons for coexistence in conflict - that is, in continuing dissension. A critical examination of the concept makes clear, however, that its content and evaluation are profoundly contested matters  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Additional Physical Format: Toleration in conflict
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rainer Forst
ISBN: 9780521885775 0521885779 9781316621677 1316621677 9781283899338 1283899337
OCLC Number: 794227974
Notes: Abridged English translation of: Toleranz im Konflikt: Geschichte, Gehalt und Gegenwart eines umstrittenen Begriffs.
Description: xiv, 635 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Toleration: concept and conceptions --
More than a prehistory: antiquity and the Middle Ages --
Reconciliation, schism, peace: humanism and the Reformation --
Toleration and sovereignty: political and individual --
Natural law, toleration and revolution: the rise of liberalism and the aporias of freedom of conscience --
The Enlightenment --
for and against toleration --
Toleration in the modern period --
Routes to toleration --
The justification of toleration --
The finitude of reason --
The virtue of tolerance --
The tolerant society.
Series Title: Ideas in context.
Responsibility: Rainer Forst ; translated by Ciaran Cronin.


Toleration is an indispensable yet ambivalent concept in pluralistic societies. Is it based on mutual respect or on condescension? Why is it right to tolerate what is wrong? This book is the most  Read more...
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'... simply the most impressive philosophical work specifically on toleration that I have ever read ...' John Horton, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 'From the Bible through the Church Fathers and Read more...

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