Recent acts of violence have given greater urgency to questions about religious and racial intolerance. But today—as in former times—we do not just find conflicts about where to draw the limits of toleration; rather, we also find conflicts about whether toleration is a virtue at all. For some, it is essential for a flourishing pluralistic democracy; for others, it is a pre-democratic attitude and practice, in Goethe’s famous words, “an insult.” This lecture explains these conflicts and argues for a particular democratic notion of toleration.
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