Are Toleration and Neutrality Incompatible Ideals?


WHEN April 14, 2011
2:30-4:30 PM WHERE Al Mamoura Auditorium, Abu Dhabi WHO Open to the Public

It is regularly claimed that liberal toleration is obsolete, for at least two reasons: First, that the circumstances of toleration are absent in relations between rulers and citizens in ideal democratic states; and second, that the liberal ideal of toleration has been superseded by toleration as recognition. Both versions of the ‘obsolescence’ objection are flawed and the ideal of liberal toleration remains a relevant and attractive guide to managing conflict in conditions of reasonable pluralism.

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