Regimes of toleration: liberal and republican

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Is toleration inextricably linked to liberalism or is it possible to develop a republican conception of toleration? The permission conception of toleration is not distinctively liberal, so while republicans must reject it as a form of domination, that poses no challenge to the liberal respect conception. In fact liberals and republicans can share equal respect as a common moral foundation. Where they differ is in their understanding of the contemporary regime of toleration. The liberal understanding of this assumes that states no longer tolerate and that toleration survives as a virtue or practice of individual citizens. To a republican, however, the contemporary toleration regime in fact displays significant continuities with the older permission regime. Firstly, corporations enjoy considerable discretion to tolerate or not. Secondly, despite the efforts of liberal multiculturalists to address the informal norms and attitudes governing the recognition of minority cultures, their account of recognition fails to comprehend the underlying inequality in social authority which facilitates the domination of minorities. Republican toleration rests on a foundation of equal respect, but argues for a more domination-sensitive understanding of the regime of toleration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationToleration and challenges to liberalism
EditorsJohannes Drerup, Gottfried Schweiger
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003015123
ISBN (Print)9780367857462, 9780367612511
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy


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