Description - Trust and Toleration by Richard H. Dees
Deep conflicts about religion have haunted the West from the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572 to the destruction of the World Trade Center. The need for toleration in these cases seems self-evident, but cultivating it is deceptively difficult. This book outlines the social, conceptual, and psychological preconditions for toleration. By looking closely at the religious wars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in France and England and at contemporary controversies about the rights of homosexuals, Richard Dees demonstrates how trust between the opposing parties is needed first, but in just these cases, distrust is all-too-rational. Ultimately, that distrust can only be overcome if the parties undergo a fundamental shift of values - a conversion. Only then can they accept some form of toleration. The historical cases demonstrate that even well-established practices of autonomy, democracy, and economic freedom are not enough to secure toleration.
Instead, toleration in the past and in the present depends on a delicate and contextually-sensitive balance between practices that build trust, like those which help citizens develop a common identity, and those that sustain toleration, like public reason. Trust and Toleration will be of essential interest to advanced students and academics of philosophy and political philosophy.
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Author Biography - Richard H. Dees
Richard H. Dees is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1990 and taught at Saint Louis University from 1990-2003. Besides toleration, his research interests are in the philosophical and historical works of David Hume, in the political thought of the American Revolution, and in bioethics.