How far Should Tolerance go? [Paperback]

Yves Charles Zarka(Author)

ISBN: 9788869771590 | Published by: Mimesis International | Series: Politics | Year of Publication: 2018 | 140p, H8.3 x W5.5,
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How far Should Tolerance go?


What are the limits of tolerance in constitutional or liberal democracies today? This is a crucial question, for if there were no limits to tolerance, it would ultimately destroy itself by accepting the intolerable. The concept of tolerance has to be assessed from a political point of view, thus questioning to what extent its potential achievement does not suppose any moral mutation in humanity. For instance, if people were all already ‘virtuous’ according to a commonly held moral framework, there would be simply no need to speak of tolerance. Conversely, if it were the case that people could be made ‘virtuous’, then tolerance would be the matter of an improbable utopia. Ultimately, we need to consider how tolerance can be conceptualised in a way that is relevant to people and their societies as they actually are. In a time when a growing amount of political demands touches on themes of cultural identity and rights, and while we witness a mounting wave of religious fundamentalism, what should democracies accept and what should they refuse?

Table of Contents

Introduction : How to think of coexistence in a torn-apart world ?
1. Tolerance is an issue for our time,
2 . Tolerance-structure : a torn-apart world,
4. Recognition without reconciliation,
5. State Neutrality
6. State neutrality and secularism
7. Return to tolerance-structure : the “state neutrality” mechanism
8. From religious tolerance to cultural tolerance
9. Neutrality of justice and plurality of conceptions of the good
10. Principles of justice: political values or procedural liberalism?
11. Reasonable pluralism and consensus by crosschecking
12. The two tyrannies
13. How far can the state remain neutral?
14. Return to tolerance-structure“ : fundamental values and rights”
15. Human dignity
16. Fundamental rights
17. Return to tolerance-structure: the third mechanism
18. Minorities and cultural rights
19. Critique of the concept of multicultural citizenship
20. Who is the subject of collective rights?
21. Do cultural differences need protecting?
22. Which cultural rights should tolerance-structure guarantee?
23. The fiction of single identity: we are all mixed-race
24. Education in memory and freedom
25. Subjective rights and the theory of connections
26. Critique of community
27. Tolerance-structure and the transformation of political society

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