The culture of toleration in diverse societies

Reasonable tolerance

Edited by Catriona McKinnon and Dario Castiglione

The culture of toleration in diverse societies

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8062-3
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: September 2008
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Politics, Politics & government, Political science & theory, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory


The idea of toleration as the appropriate response to difference has been central to liberal thought since Locke. Although the subject has been widely and variously explored, there has been reluctance to acknowledge the new meaning that current debates on toleration have when compared with those at its origins in the early modern period and with subsequent discussions about pluralism and freedom of expression.

This collection starts from a clear recognition of the new terms of the debate. It recognises that a new academic consensus is slowly emerging on a view of tolerance that is reasonable in two senses. Firstly of reflecting the capacity of seeing the other's viewpoint, secondly on the relatively limited extent to which toleration can be granted. It reflects the cross-thematic and cross-disciplinary nature of such discussions, dissecting a number of debates such as liberalism and communitarianism, public and private, multiculturalism and the politics of identity, and a number of disciplines: moral, legal and political philosophy, historical and educational studies, anthropology, sociology and psychology.

A group of distinguished authors explore the complexities emerging from the new debate. They scrutinise, with analytical sophistication, the philosophical foundation, the normative content and the broadly political implications of a new culture of toleration for diverse societies. Specific issues considered include the toleration of religious discrimination in employment, city life and community, social ethos, publicity, justice and reason and ethics.

The book is unique in resolutely looking forward to the theoretical and practical challenges posed by commitment to a conception of toleration demanding empathy and understanding in an ever-diversifying world.


Introduction - Reasonable toleration
Part 1. Re-thinking toleration
1. Toleration and reasonableness - Jeremy Waldron
2. The reasonableness of pluralism - Susan Mendus and Matt Matravers
3. Tolerance and the character of pluralism - Catriona McKinnon
4. Toleration, justice and reason - Rainer Forst
5. Recognition without ethics? - Nancy Fraser
Part 2. The contexts of toleration
6. Reflexive toleration in a deliberative democracy - James Bohman
7. City Life and community: Complementary or incompatible ideals - Andrew Mason
8. Social ethos and the dynamics of toleration - Jonathan Wolff
9. Toleration and laicite - Cecile Laborde
10. Toleration of religious discrimination in employment - Stuart White
11. Education to tolerance: Some philosophical obstacles and their resolution - David Heyd


Catriona McKinnon is Lecturer in Political Theory atThe University of York. Dario Castiglione is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Exeter

The culture of toleration in diverse societies

Edited by Catriona McKinnon, Dario Castiglione

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