Political Theory

The Limits of Tolerance


In the face of current debates about immigration, open societies, and campus speech codes, conferees endeavored to discern what views are reasonable for liberal-minded people, on the basis of classical and modern readings and the application of these in the present discussion.


Conference Readings

Williams, Bernard. Toleration: An Elusive Virtue. Edited by David Heyd. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Andersen, Robert and Tina Fetner. “Economic Inequality and Intolerance: Attitudes toward Homosexuality in 35 Democracies.” American Journal of Political Science 52, no. 4 (October 2008): 942-958.

Bansak, Kirk, Jens Hainmueller, and Dominik Hangartner. “How Economic, Humanitarian, and Religious Concerns Shape European Attitudes toward Asylum Seekers.” Science 354, no. 6309 (October 14, 2016): 217-222.

Bayle, Pierre. A Philosophical Commentary on These Words of the Gospel, Luke 14.23, “Compel Them to Come In, That My House May Be Full”. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005.

Cohen, Andrew Jason. “What the Liberal State Should Tolerate Within Its Borders.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (2007): 479-514.

Florida, Richard and Gary Gates. “Technology and Tolerance: The Importance of Diversity to High-Technology Growth.” The Brookings Institution (2001): 1-12.

Forst, Rainer. Toleration in Conflict: Past and Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Haidt, Jonathan and Greg Lukianoff. “Why It’s a Bad Idea to Tell Students Words Are Violence.” The Atlantic (2017): 1-10.

Kukathas, Chandran. “Cultural Toleration.” Nomos (1997): 69-104.

Kymlicka, Will. “Two Models of Pluralism and Tolerance.” Analyse & Kritik 13 (1992): 33-56.

Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty. Edited by Elizabeth Rapaport. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1978.

Persson, Ingmar and Julian Savulescu, “The Limits of Religious Tolerance: A Secular View” In Religion, Intolerance, and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation, edited by Steve Clarke, Russell Powell, and Julian Savulsecu, 236-252. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Popper, Karl R. The Open Society and Its Enemies, Volume I: The Spell of Plato. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1963.

Scruton, Roger. “How Identity Politics Destroys Freedom.” Lecture to the Acton Institute (2017): 1-8.

Spinoza, Benedict de. Theological-Political Treatise. Edited by Jonathan Israel. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Zagorin, Perez. How the Idea of Religious Toleration Came to the West. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.