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Toleration of Moral Offense

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Abstract

The focus of this chapter is on offensive words and implications in interpersonal exchanges, specifically false and baseless attacks on a person’s behavior, character, and dignity as a human being. The idea of moral offenses is explained by analogy with what is offensive under codes of honor. Four kinds of moral offense are distinguished, and two kinds of respect for persons are explained. To illustrate, it is argued that self-respect gives us reason not to tolerate moral offenses while respect for others gives us reason sometimes to tolerate them. Hard cases call for judgment and more attention to how resist moral offenses, when we should, and how to tolerate them, when we must, with due respect for humanity.

Keywords

  • Toleration
  • Offenses
  • Moral
  • Respect
  • Self-Respect
  • Character
  • Kantian
  • Dignity
  • Honor
  • Humanity
  • Status
  • Standing
  • Resistance

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Hill, T.E. (2022). Toleration of Moral Offense. In: Sardoč, M. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Toleration. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42121-2_47

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