The ethics of toleration and religious accommodations

Authored by: Aurélia Bardon , Emanuela Ceva

The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138201279
eBook ISBN: 9781315461731
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Toleration is one of the most important values in contemporary democracies, and is commonly considered as the appropriate way to deal with religious diversity. But what does it actually mean to tolerate others? This chapter has two objectives. First, it clarifies the idea of toleration as the normative ground for the accommodation of religious diversity in a democracy. Second, it draws the implications of this analysis for the design of public policies capable of making sense of the specific challenges raised by a plurality of religious claims.

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