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International Toleration and the 'War on Terror'

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Jones


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This article examines how the idea of toleration might be deployed in the international domain, especially in relation to the large cultural and social differences that have come to be associated with the 'war on terror'. It distinguishes different possible grounds for toleration and examines the force and implications of the deontological idea of respect for persons as a reason for international toleration. Contrary to Rawls, it argues that the group-based character of societal claims does not require us to substitute peoples for persons as the ultimate objects of respect in the international domain. The idea of equal respect is the most potent justification for the toleration of cultural differences. It is also commonly taken to argue for political and social equality, but, under the right circumstances, it can also argue for toleration of undemocratic political systems and inegalitarian social arrangements.

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Author(s): Jones P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Globalizations

Year: 2009

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 7-22

Print publication date: 01/01/2009

ISSN (print): 1474-7731

ISSN (electronic): 1474-774X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14747730802692450


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