Identity, Difference, Toleration

Anna Elisabetta Galeotti

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Identity, Difference, Toleration


This article thinks about the relation among identity, difference, and toleration in the context of political theory. It analyses the connections between ways of considering differences and corresponding views of toleration. It identifies the four different conceptions of toleration will: the view of tolerance as a moral virtue, tolerance as recognition, and two liberal views of toleration according to perfectionist and neutralist perspectives. The article suggests that the toleration as recognition view acknowledges differences as features of collective identity.

Keywords: identity; differences; toleration; political theory; moral virtue; recognition; collective identity

Article.  6670 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribeRecommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »