Cambridge Catalogue  
  • Help
Home > Catalogue > Toleration in Conflict
Toleration in Conflict


  • Page extent: 662 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 1.34 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 201/.723
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: HM1271 .F6962 2013
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Toleration--History
    • Religious tolerance
    • Toleration--Political aspects
    • POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory.--bisacsh

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521885775)

The concept of toleration plays a central role in pluralistic societies. It designates a stance which permits conflicts over beliefs and practices to persist while at the same time defusing them, because it is based on reasons for coexistence in conflict - that is, in continuing dissension. A critical examination of the concept makes clear, however, that its content and evaluation are profoundly contested matters and thus that the concept itself stands in conflict. For some, toleration was and is an expression of mutual respect in spite of far-reaching differences, for others, a condescending, potentially repressive attitude and practice. Rainer Forst analyses these conflicts by reconstructing the philosophical and political discourse of toleration since antiquity. He demonstrates the diversity of the justifications and practices of toleration from the Stoics and early Christians to the present day and develops a systematic theory which he tests in discussions of contemporary conflicts over toleration.

• A unique and comprehensive study of the concept of toleration from one of the world's leading political philosophers • Develops a free-standing theory of toleration that can be applied across politics, philosophy and history • Addresses both historic and contemporary ethical and political conflicts, applying the theory to a number of key case studies


Introduction; Part I. Between Power and Morality: The Historical Discourse of Toleration: 1. Toleration: concept and conceptions; 2. More than a prehistory: Antiquity and the Middle Age; 3. Reconciliation, schism, peace: humanism and the Reformation; 4. Toleration and sovereignty: political and individual; 5. Natural law, toleration and revolution: the rise of liberalism and the aporias of freedom of conscience; 6. The Enlightenment - for and against toleration; 7. Toleration in the modern era; 8. Routes to toleration; Part II. A Theory of Toleration: 9. The justification of toleration; 10. The finitude of reason; 11. The virtue of tolerance; 12. The tolerant society.


'… simply the most impressive philosophical work specifically on toleration that I have ever read …' John Horton, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

'From the Bible through the Church Fathers and the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment, and into modernity, Forst demonstrates how efforts to theorize toleration turn into their opposite: the same conceptual resources that advanced toleration are later employed to advance intolerance.' Vincent Lloyd, Studies in Christian Ethics

printer iconPrinter friendly version AddThis