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Toleration and recognition: What should we teach?

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Generally we think it good to tolerate and to accord recognition. Yet both are complex phenomena and our teaching must acknowledge and cope with that complexity. We tolerate only what we object to, so our message to students cannot be simply, 'promote the good and prevent the bad'. Much advocacy of toleration is not what it pretends to be. Nor is it entirely clear what sort of conduct should count as intolerant. Sometimes people are at fault for tolerating what they should not, or for tolerating what they should find unexceptionable. So virtue does not always lie with toleration. Tolerance can also seem condescending; should we therefore replace it with recognition? But recognition may not be able to coexist with the disapproval that makes toleration necessary. However, not everything about toleration and recognition is controversial; there are fixed points from which students can grapple with the issues presented by both. © 2009 The Author. Journal compilation © 2009 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jones P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Educational Philosophy and Theory

Year: 2010

Volume: 42

Issue: 1

Pages: 38-56

Print publication date: 19/01/2010

ISSN (print): 0013-1857

ISSN (electronic): 1469-5812

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2008.00507.x


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