European Political Science

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 263–272 | Cite as


  • Rafael Del Águila


Tolerance is a key concept in contemporary political theory and practice. Clearly, it is linked to such difficult classical questions as rights, freedom, state neutrality, the role of autonomy in liberalism, the limits of toleration, etc. However, nowadays, the concept of tolerance also cuts across several important political issues: multiculturalism, pluralism, the ‘rights’ of cultures, interculturalism, reflexivity and dialogue as foundations of democracy, etc. This paper analyses the concept and explores its theoretical difficulties.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Del Águila
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  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencia Política, Edificio Ciencias Jurídicas, Políticas y Económicas, Universidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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