Harmonized Loyalties and Abstract Respect

John Perry

in The Pretenses of Loyalty

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756544
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897407 | DOI:
Harmonized Loyalties and Abstract Respect

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This chapter argues that there are two sides to toleration, although we have tended to see only one. A conceptual prerequisite to toleration as abstract respect (or governmental neutrality) is toleration as a harmonization of loyalties. One cannot conscientiously commit to tolerate others without having some assurance that this will not conflict with other duties. The chapter concludes by briefly examining a number of voices who are critical of liberal toleration, especially for its overconfidence in avoiding moral tragedy. This section studies “modernity critics” such as Stanley Hauerwas and Leo Strauss.

Keywords: Antigone; Strauss; Hauerwas; Cavanaugh; modernity; loyalty; harmonization; abstract respect; rights

Chapter.  10714 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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