, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 415–424 | Cite as

Toleration and its Paradoxes: A Tribute to John Horton

  • Rainer ForstEmail author


This paper discusses John Horton’s influential theory of toleration. Starting from his analysis of the paradoxes of toleration, I argue that the avoidance of these paradoxes requires a moral justification of toleration based on practical reason. I cite the conception of toleration that Pierre Bayle developed to support this claim. But Horton is skeptical of such a moral justification, and this creates problems for his account of toleration.


Toleration Pierre Bayle John Horton Skepticism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Normative Orders Research CentreUniversity of FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

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