Toleration and Fanaticism

R. M. Hare

in Freedom and Reason

Published in print June 1965 | ISBN: 9780198810926
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597589 | DOI:
 Toleration and Fanaticism

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In the broader sense, morality includes the pursuit of ideals as well as the reconciliation of interests. This chapter examines the arguments needed to be brought against people who, in pursuit of their ideals, trample on other people's interests. The differences between ideals and interests are set out, and the relations between the two investigated. The discussion presents the case against a paramount example of untrammelled idealism—fanatic fascism—as argued by a liberal, and in doing so shows the scope and limits of moral reasoning.

Keywords: fanaticism; ideals; interests; liberalism

Chapter.  10636 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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