Res Publica

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 259–264 | Cite as

Not Yet Making Sense of Political Toleration



A growing number of theorists have argued that toleration, at least in its traditional sense, is no longer applicable to liberal democratic political arrangements—especially if these political arrangements are conceived of as neutral. Peter Jones has tried make sense of political toleration while staying true to its more traditional (disapproval yet non-prevention) meaning. In this article, while I am sympathetic to his motivation, I argue that Jones’ attempt to make sense of political toleration is not successful.


Toleration Political toleration Neutrality Peter Jones 



I am grateful to Glen Newey, Susan Mendus, John Horton and a referee for useful comments on an earlier version of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of New South WalesCanberraAustralia

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