The diverse make-up of modern societies has long been a major preoccupation of political philosophy. It has also been a prominent focus for public policy. How should a society provide for the differences exhibited by its population? Should it view them with indifference, or seek to diminish them in the interest of social cohesion, or view them as positive goods that it should facilitate or promote? The answer cannot be simple, partly because the differences captured by the terms `difference' or `diversity' are themselves so diverse.
The essays brought together in this volume focus on one sort of response to difference: toleration. They were written at different times and deal with different aspects of toleration, but they are characterised by a number of common themes.
Peter Jones is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at Newcastle University.
Introduction / 1. Making Sense of Political Toleration / 2. Toleration and Neutrality: Compatible Ideals? / 3. Legalising Toleration: A Reply to Balint / 4. Toleration, Religion and Accommodation / 5. Beliefs and Identities / 6. Toleration, the Rushdie Affair and the Perils of Identity / 7. Toleration, Recognition and Identity / 8. Liberalism, Belief and Doubt / 9. Toleration, Value-Pluralism, and the Fact of Pluralism / 10. Can Speech be Intolerant? / 11. International Toleration and the 'War on Terror'