explores what tolerance is, it's characteristics and its difficulties.

HideShow resource information

tolerance and the state

the state posits laws which make certain acts criminal and so not tolerated.

NO TOLERANCE (no crime / deviance) -stability - stagnation- decline.

extremist political groups.

COMPLETE TOLERANCE - (too much crime) -instability - collapse.

need to limit diversity.

1 of 5

wendy brown interview notes

'toleration' -refers to reformation, religious wars in Tudors 16/17 century.

'tolerance' -broader, more commonly used today.

  • tolerance. born in a time, in the west, to think of it positively.
  • tolerance often considered prime virtue of a liberal society but...
  • ' i'm not against tolerance, i want to submit it to scrutiny'
  • host (of tolerance) seen as normal, regular, the toleratedseen as 'problematic'.
  • tolerance always used to manage something disliked, different.
  • just to co-exist, mundane, trivial things that can't be change must be tolerated.
  • Brown questions using tolerance as substitute for equality, freedom. 'cloaks' inequality, injustice, lack of freedom.
2 of 5

what is tolerance?

1 -the agent holds a negative judgement about the thing

2 -the agent has the power to negate the thing

3 -the agent deliberately refrains from negating the thing

what isn't tolerance?

  • indulgence -e.g. if parent never challenges child's behavior because of their fondness
  • weakness of the will -putting up to placate/appease the other
  • indifference
3 of 5

Forst's 3 components of tolerance

  • OBJECTION -must have some negative evaluation
  • ACCEPTANCE -'certain positive reasons that trump the negative ones in the relevant context' -Forst.
  • REJECTION - toleration of everything might just be indulgence, if we tolerated everything there'd be no distinction what is/isn't tolerable.

e.g. rejection comes into killing, murder -intolerable, euthanasia -tolerable.

4 of 5

4 conceptions of tolerance

behaving tolerantly is essentially contested. obj. rejection, acceptance constitute core. essentially contested concepts must have common core.

a concept is essentially contested if: -evaluative -signifies value. -complex, diff. interpretations. -those disputing recognise why its disputable.

1) PERMISSION conception. -relation (power +subordination, dominant permits) between majority &minority. limit to private sphere, can't claim equal rights.

2) COEXISTENCE peaceful, groups same size, equal power

3) RESPECT all recognise set of values/principles apply universally. e.g. everyone morally equal +has same rights. can divide public +private sphere or in some cases person respected as political equal with specific needs.

4) ESTEEM value +admire aspects of diff. culture/lifestyle

5 of 5


No comments have yet been made

Similar Philosophy resources:

See all Philosophy resources »