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Two stories about toleration

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  • Rainer Forst
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    In current social conflicts in European societies such as the ones concerning the crucifix in classrooms or the foulard or the burka worn in public, toleration is a concept claimed by all involved. The paper uncovers the historical and conceptual reasons for such ambivalence about the notion of toleration. It starts from a conceptual analysis and then reconstructs two stories about toleration which lead to two different conceptions of it – the hierarchical permission conception and the democratic respect conception. The paper applies these to current conflicts and argues for an understanding of toleration based on a certain form of mutual respect despite deep ethical disagreement.

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    Paper provided by RECON in its series RECON Online Working Papers Series with number 15.

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    Date of creation: 15 Aug 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:erp:reconx:p0071

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    Keywords: democracy; diversity/homogeneity; normative political theory;

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