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If we're to appreciate the concept that of toleration by way of daily life, we needs to handle a key philosophical and political pressure: the decision for restraint while encountering it seems that mistaken ideals and activities as opposed to the great purposes for interfering with the lives of the topics of those ideals and activities. This assortment comprises unique contributions to the continuing debate at the nature of toleration, Read more...

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summary: If we're to appreciate the idea that of toleration by way of way of life, we needs to handle a key philosophical and political pressure: the decision for restraint whilst encountering it appears unsuitable ideals and activities as opposed to the great purposes for interfering with the lives of the topics of those ideals and activities. This assortment comprises unique contributions to the continued debate at the nature of toleration, together with its definition, ancient improvement, justification, and bounds. In exploring the problems surrounding toleration, the essays tackle numerous provocative questions. Is tol

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An extramarital relationship or a homosexual ménage may arouse no hostile comment or reaction, as such things did in the past. But once again, though this is toleration as a matter of practice, the attitude it relies on is indifference rather than, strictly speaking, toleration. Indeed, if I and others in the neighborhood said that we were tolerating the homosexual relations of the couple next door, our attitude would be thought to be less than liberal. A N I M P O S S I B L E V I RT U E ? 21 There are no doubt many conflicts and areas of intolerance for which the solution should indeed be found in this direction, in the increase of indifference.

The exercise of toleration as a virtue, then, and in that sense the belief in it as itself a value, does not necessarily involve a contradiction, though in a given situation it may involve that familiar thing, a conflict of goods. However, we cannot combine this account of liberal toleration with the idea that it rises above the battle of values. The account gives rise to the familiar problem that others may not share the liberal view of these various goods; in particular, the people whom the liberal is particularly required to tolerate are precisely those who are unlikely to share the liberal’s view of the good of autonomy, which is the basis of the toleration, to the extent that this expresses a value.

1 No one, including Nagel himself, believes that this will be possible in every case. There must be, on any showing, limits to the extent to which the liberal state can be disengaged on matters of ethical disagreement. There are some questions, such as that of abortion, on which the state will fail to be neutral whatever it does. Its laws may draw distinctions between different circumstances of abortion, but in the end it cannot escape the fact that some people will believe with the deepest conviction that a certain class of acts should be permitted, while other people will believe with equal conviction that those acts should be forbidden.

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