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Toleration (Key Concepts)

In this engaging and comprehensive introduction to the topic of toleration, Andrew Jason Cohen seeks to answer fundamental questions, such as: What is toleration? What should be tolerated? Why is toleration important? Beginning with some key insights into what we mean by toleration, Cohen goes on to investigate what should be tolerated and why. We should not be free to do everythingNmurder, rape, and theft, for clear examples, should not be tolerated. But should we be free to take drugs, hire a prostitute, or kill ourselves? Should our governments outlaw such activities or tolerate them? Should they tolerate outsourcing of jobs or importing of goods or put embargos on other countries? Cohen examines these difficult questions, among others, and argues that we should look to principles of toleration to guide our answers. These principles tell us when limiting freedom is acceptableNthat is, they indicate the proper limits of toleration. Cohen deftly explains the main principles on offer and indicates why one of these stands out from the rest. This wide-ranging new book on an important topic will be essential reading for students taking courses in philosophy, political science and religious studies.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii Introduction 1 1 The Topic and Its Historical Relevance 8 2 Two Approaches to the Normative Issues 19 3 The Harm Principle 36 4 Other Principles 55 5 Extending the Harm Principle 86 6 Children and the Paradoxes of Toleration and Liberalism 111 7 General Defenses of Toleration 125 8 Conclusion 151 Notes 157 References 168 Index 173

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Andrew Jason Cohen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University


"Cohen tells us that the history of liberalism is the history oftoleration. The claim survives reflection: few events in humanhistory have been more important than when your religion ceased tobe regarded as a good reason to kill you. Toleration isremarkably bold yet remarkably engaging, simply written, andbrimming with insight." David Schmidtz, Center for the Philosophy of Freedom "Cohen's book provides an exemplary analysis of what toleration is(and is not), and a lucid assessment of the reasons - strong andweak - why it is so valuable." Hillel Steiner, Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester andResearch Professor, University of Arizona "Written in an accessible style and unafraid to embracecontroversy, Andrew Cohen provides a lively and challengingintroduction to the meaning and justification of toleration. Herobustly defends his own principles of toleration, and hisconclusions about some of the examples he discusses, along with thearguments in favour of them, are especially likely to stimulatedebate and discussion, both among students and theirteachers." John Horton, Keele University "The iron-fisted King Feris treated everyone equally but toleratedlittle, while King Juris tolerated everything except for harm toothers. Who would not prefer King Juris? And who would argue thattoleration is not important? Andrew Cohen's snappy, often amusing,style makes the issue come alive, and is more effective than astraightforward argument for the importance of toleration. Cohenalso challenges society-wide shibboleths by arguing that drug use,pornography, and prostitution by and with consenting adults oughtto be tolerated, but corporations as they are currently institutedought not. The book is a fine introduction to toleration." Neera Badhwar, University of Oklahoma (Emerita) and George MasonUniversity (Affiliate)

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