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Title: TOLERATION: BETWEEN RESPECT AND FEAR
Authors: CAI XIANHUI NICHOLAS
Keywords: Toleration, Rawls, Political Liberalism, Burdens of Judgment, Public Reason, Political Philosophy
Issue Date: 19-Jan-2017
Source: CAI XIANHUI NICHOLAS (2017-01-19). TOLERATION: BETWEEN RESPECT AND FEAR. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Toleration is a concept that admits of many different conceptions. I attempt to reconstruct one such conception from what John Rawls terms “the burdens of judgment”, focusing on the political identity of the citizen as a basis of mutual respect. I argue that such a conception of toleration is sufficiently compelling and answers the demands placed upon it, one that does not deny the possibility of objective moral truth. I then attempt to draw out some implications for the controversial case of physician-assisted suicide, if we accept toleration thus understood. I conclude by highlighting the similarities between a Rawlsian account of toleration and Judith Shklar’s influential “liberalism of fear”: although a principled account of toleration is to be preferred, the history of political conflict over religion offers strong support for toleration when other accounts are deemed to be unpersuasive.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/135461
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