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Moralism and Anti-Moralism in Theories of Toleration

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This chapter is about moralism and antimoralism in theories of tolerance or toleration. Broadly speaking, moralism is the taking of morality to an extreme, such as making everything a moral issue that calls for decisive measures, or assuming that many people are on the wrong side of any issue and need correcting. Antimoralism is the critique of this excessive moralism. Toleration has been the subject of debate for hundreds of years, and there are many possible connections between tolerance and moralism. A tolerant person or a tolerant community might be moralistic, or might reject moralism. An intolerant person or community, similarly, might be moralistic, or might reject moralism. A moralistic person might be tolerant or intolerant, and an antimoralist might be either of the two. Our purpose here is the identification and evaluation elements of moralism or antimoralism in theories of tolerance or toleration.

Keywords

  • Tolerance
  • Toleration
  • Intolerance
  • Negative tolerance
  • Moralism
  • Antimoralism
  • Liberalism
  • Autonomy
  • Liberty
  • Realism
  • Respect

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Laursen, J.C., Dorson, Z. (2022). Moralism and Anti-Moralism in Theories of Toleration. In: Sardoč, M. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Toleration. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42121-2_26

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