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Toleration in Political Conflict


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1. Introduction: toleration in trouble; 2. Tolerating politics; 3. Democratic toleration?; 4. Toleration as sedition; 5. The trouble with respect; 6. How not to tolerate religion; 7. Liberty, toleration, security; 8. Toleration and power; 9. Tolerating ourselves, tolerating terror; 10. Toleration, free speech and the right to lie; Epilogue.

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Glen Newey argues that toleration is not just desirable but, given the nature of politics, inescapable.

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Glen Newey is Professor of Political Theory at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. He has taught and written about toleration for over 25 years and is the author of Hobbes and Leviathan (2007), After Politics (2001) and Virtue, Reason and Toleration: The Place of Toleration in Ethical and Political Philosophy (1999). He has also written many articles on the theory and practice of toleration and is a frequent reviewer and commentator for publications including the London Review of Books, The Independent, the New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement.


'One of the most important philosophers writing on toleration today, Glen Newey brilliantly analyses the conceptual intricacies of this complex notion as well as the political stakes in understanding and applying that term. A timely book.' Rainer Forst, University of Frankfurt, and author of Toleration in Conflict (2013)
'Diving into the troubled waters of toleration in political dispute and partisanal advocacy, Newey offers a refreshing perspective and deepens our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a pervasive principle in politics.' Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Universita degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale
'This is a provocative and highly original contribution to the literature on toleration. Against those who emphasise the conceptual problems of toleration, Newey argues for a recognition of its ineradicably political character. His arguments are trenchant, sophisticated and often disturbing. They draw our attention to the ubiquity of power and to the ways in which modern democratic politics can make toleration necessary, yet deeply problematic. The book will inform and challenge in equal measure. It is a very significant contribution to the field.' Sue Mendus, Morrell Professor Emerita of Political Philosophy, University of York
'Toleration in [Political] Conflict is simply the most impressive philosophical work specifically on toleration that I have ever read ... It is an immensely long and thorough work.' John Horton, Keele University

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