Toleration matters to us all. It contributes both to individuals leading good lives and to societies that are simultaneously efficient and just. There are personal and social matters that would be improved by taking toleration to be a fundamental value. This book develops and defends a full account of toleration-what it is, why and when it matters, and how it should be manifested in a just society. Cohen defends a normative principle of toleration grounded in a new conception of freedom as freedom from harm. He goes on to argue that the moral limits of toleration have been reached only when freedom from harm is impinged. These arguments provide support for extensive toleration of a wide range of individual, familial, religious, cultural, and market activities. Toleration and Freedom from Harm will be of interest to political philosophers and theorists, legal scholars, and those interested in matters of social justice.
Andrew Jason Cohen
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Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy
23 January 2018
A / AS level
Introduction Part I: Conceptual Analysis 1. What Toleration is Not 2. What Toleration Is 3. The Harm Principle and the Nature of Harm Part II: Value 4. What is to be Tolerated 5. Freedom from Harm: The Grounding Value 6. The Economic (Consequentialist) Argument 7. Why Other General Defenses of Toleration Will Not be Offered Part III: The Normative Work 8. The Strict Harm Principle and Types of Interference 9. Other Principles: The Limits to Toleration of Individuals 10. The Limits to Toleration of Families 11. The Limits to Toleration of Cultures and Other Indeterminate Groups 12. The Limits to Toleration Internationally Conclusion
Andrew Jason Cohen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University, USA. He is the author of Toleration (2014).