Toleration as Recognition


In this 2002 book, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti examines the most intractable problems which toleration encounters and argues that what is really at stake is not religious or moral disagreement but the unequal status of different social groups. Liberal theories of toleration fail to grasp this and consequently come up with normative solutions that are inadequate when confronted with controversial cases. Galeotti proposes, as an alternative, toleration as recognition, which addresses the problem of according equal respect to groups as well as equal liberty to individuals. She offers an interpretation that is both a revision and an expansion of liberal theory, in which toleration constitutes an important component not only of a theory of justice, but also of the politics of identity. Her study will appeal to a wide range of readers in political philosophy, political theory, and law.
  • Cambridge University Press; March 2002
  • ISBN: 9780511029028
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  • Title: Toleration as Recognition
  • Author: Anna Elisabetta Galeotti
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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'… rich and stimulating. The discussion of the practical cases provides a useful illustration of her view, and would serve as a good starting place for students …'. The Philosophical Quarterly