Toleration and Its Limits: NOMOS XLVIII

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Melissa S. Williams, Jeremy Waldron
NYU Press, Mar 1, 2008 - Philosophy - 481 pages
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Toleration has a rich tradition in Western political philosophy. It is, after all, one of the defining topics of political philosophy—historically pivotal in the development of modern liberalism, prominent in the writings of such canonical figures as John Locke and John Stuart Mill, and central to our understanding of the idea of a society in which individuals have the right to live their own lives by their own values, left alone by the state so long as they respect the similar interests of others.

Toleration and Its Limits, the latest addition to the NOMOS series, explores the philosophical nuances of the concept of toleration and its scope in contemporary liberal democratic societies. Editors Melissa S. Williams and Jeremy Waldron carefully compiled essays that address the tradition’s key historical figures; its role in the development and evolution of Western political theory; its relation to morality, liberalism, and identity; and its limits and dangers.

Contributors: Lawrence A. Alexander, Kathryn Abrams, Wendy Brown, Ingrid Creppell, Noah Feldman, Rainer Forst, David Heyd, Glyn Morgan, Glen Newey, Michael A. Rosenthal, Andrew Sabl, Steven D. Smith, and Alex Tuckness.


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Page 42 - This we may say, that whatsoever a subject, as Naaman was, is compelled to do in obedience to his sovereign, and doth it not in order to his own mind, but in order to the laws of his country, that action is not his, but his sovereign's; nor is it he that in this case denieth Christ before men, but his governor, and the law of his country.

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Melissa S. Williams is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and founding director of the university’s Centre for Ethics. She is the current editor of the NOMOS series, and author of Voice, Trust and Memory: Marginalized Groups and the Failings of Liberal Representation.

Jeremy Waldron is Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. He is the author of Nonsense upon Stilts: Bentham, Burke and Marx on the Rights of Man.

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