Toleration and Its Limits

Will Kymlicka

in Multicultural Citizenship

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780198290919
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599712 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Toleration and Its Limits

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Discusses how liberals should respond to situations in which a minority demands the right to restrict the basic civil and political liberties of its own members, in violation of the liberal commitment to individual autonomy, which it does not share. Does it follow that liberal states should impose liberal norms on liberal minorities? This raises complicated issues about the meaning of tolerance and its limits. The chapter discusses the relationship between the values of tolerance and individual autonomy within liberal theory, and outlines some of the factors that need to be taken into account in evaluating the legitimacy of imposing liberal values on illiberal minorities.

Keywords: civil liberties; illiberalism; minority rights; tolerance

Chapter.  8857 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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