The arguments against the desirability of tolerance may include:
Paradox of moral tolerance
o religious fundamentalists will be convinced of the ‘good life’ involves (the will of God)
o Toleration of other ways of life will have a corrupting effect.
= Experiments in living do not necessarily lead to a happier or ‘better’ life.
o Necessity of social cohesion and need for moral standards
= The value placed by liberals on autonomy assumes that we are rational beings who will discover the best way of living.
o This is not necessarily true – strong moral guidance and social rules may be preferable (problem of anomie)
= Mill assumes that people will make evidence based rational decisions
o But for some people exposure to racist views = they form false beliefs.
o We may lose ‘truth’ if tolerance prevails in a society of susceptible members.
= There may be minority groups who do not respect autonomy.
o If these minorities are permitted to become the majority, then…