1st Edition

Toleration and the Challenges to Liberalism

Edited By Johannes Drerup, Gottfried Schweiger Copyright 2021
    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the relationship between different versions of liberalism and toleration by focusing on their shared theoretical and political challenges.

    Toleration is among the most pivotal and the most contested liberal values and virtues. Debates about the conceptual scope, justification, and political role of toleration are closely aligned with historical and contemporary philosophical controversies on the foundations of liberalism. The essays in this volume focus on the specific connection between toleration and liberalism. The essays in Part I reconstruct some of the major historical controversies surrounding toleration and liberalism. Part II centers on general conceptual and justificatory questions concerning toleration as a central category for the definition of liberal political theory. Part III is devoted to the theoretical analysis of applied issues and cases of conflicts of toleration in liberal states and societies.

    Toleration and the Challenges to Liberalism will be of interest to researchers and advanced students in social and political philosophy, ethics, and political theory.

    Toleration and the Challenges to Liberalism: Introduction

    Johannes Drerup and Gottfried Schweiger

    Part I. Toleration and Liberalism: Historical Controversies

    1. John Locke and the "Problem" of Toleration

    John William Tate

    2. Toleration and the Origins of Liberalism: The Career of William Penn

    Andrew R. Murphy

    3. On Liberalism, Liberty of Conscience, and Toleration: Some Historical and Theoretical Reflections

    Mark Hutchinson and Tim Stanton

    Part II. Toleration and the Challenges to Liberalism: Conceptual and Justificatory Issues

    4. The Mutual Independence of Liberalism and Toleration

    David Heyd

    5. Regimes of Toleration: Liberal and Republican

    Cillian McBride

    6. Liberalism and Toleration

    Jon Mahoney

    7. Public Reason and the Burdens of Citizenship: A Case for Toleration

    Andrea Baumeister

    8. Modus Vivendi Beyond Toleration

    Roberta Sala

    9. Toleration, Liberal Democracy and the Problem of Intolerant Doctrines: The Example of Right-wing Populism

    Anniina Leiviskä

    Part III. Toleration and Liberalism in Context: Cases and Controversies

    10. Religious Toleration, Education and the Headscarf Debate

    Johannes Drerup

    11. The Harm Principle and Corporations

    Andrew Jason Cohen

    12. Gypsy Traveller Nomadism and State Tolerance: A Liberal-Egalitarian View

    Marcus Carlsen Häggrot

    13. Toleration as a Deep Practice, Legitimate Expectations and Refugees

    Gottfried Schweiger and Clemens Sedmak


    Johannes Drerup is Professor of Educational Theory and Philosophy of Education at the TU Dortmund, Germany and Guest Professor at the Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Gottfried Schweiger is Senior Researcher in the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

    "This work contains chapters on a wide variety of interesting conceptual questions regarding toleration as well as sustained treatment of some vitally important practical concerns that have been somewhat missed by the literature until now."Timothy Fowler, University of Bristol, UK

    "At a time of heightened conflicts around the rise of extremist groups in societies world-wide, this volume provides timely and vigorous insights into the fraught relation between toleration and liberalism. The contributors engage with acuity and sensitivity historical and contemporary dilemmas over the role of tolerance within liberalism. This volume will provide crucial inspiration for scholars and researchers in the field."Monica Mookherjee, Keele University, UK