Toleration and Its Limits

Toleration and Its Limits

Toleration and Its Limits

Toleration and Its Limits

Synopsis

Toleration has a rich tradition in Western political philosophy. It is, after all, one of the defining topics of political philosophy historically pivotal in the development of modern liberalism, prominent in the writings of such canonical figures as John Locke and John Stuart Mill, and central to our understanding of the idea of a society in which individuals have the right to live their own lives by their own values, left alone by the state so long as they respect the similar interests of others.

Toleration and Its Limits , the latest addition to the NOMOS series, explores the philosophical nuances of the concept of toleration and its scope in contemporary liberal democratic societies. Editors Melissa S. Williams and Jeremy Waldron carefully compiled essays that address the tradition's key historical figures; its role in the development and evolution of Western political theory; its relation to morality, liberalism, and identity; and its limits and dangers.

Contributors: Lawrence A. Alexander, Kathryn Abrams, Wendy Brown, Ingrid Creppell, Noah Feldman, Rainer Forst, David Heyd, Glyn Morgan, Glen Newey, Michael A. Rosenthal, Andrew Sabl, Steven D. Smith, and Alex Tuckness.

Excerpt

Melissa S. Williams

The essays collected here, in this forty-eighth volume of nomos, emerged from the annual meeting of the American Society of Political and Legal Philosophy (ASPLP) in Atlanta on January 2 and 3 of 2004, which was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. Our topic, “Toleration and Its Limits,” was selected by the Society's membership.

The current volume includes revised versions of the principal papers delivered at that conference by David Heyd, Steven D. Smith, and Ingrid Creppell. It also includes essays that developed out of the original commentaries on those papers by Glyn Morgan, Rainer Forst, Kathryn Abrams, Andrew Sabl, Glen Newey, and Noah Feldman. Jeremy Waldron and I extend our sincere thanks to each of these authors for the thoughtfulness of their original contributions, their work in revising the pieces for publication, and their patience through all the delays in bringing this volume to press.

Toleration has a rich tradition in Western political philosophy. Much of the discussion at the conference recurred to this tradition in exploring the philosophical nuances of the concept of toleration and the scope and limits of toleration in contemporary liberal democratic societies. in order to make explicit the debt of contemporary philosophical reflection to that tradition, we solicited a number of additional essays for the present volume that revisit some of the tradition's key figures. We are grateful to Michael . . .

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