The Difficulty of Tolerance: Essays in Political Philosophy

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 26, 2003 - Law - 273 pages
These essays in political philosophy by T. M. Scanlon, written between 1969 and 1999, examine the standards by which social and political institutions should be justified and appraised. Scanlon explains how the powers of just institutions are limited by rights such as freedom of expression, and considers why these limits should be respected even when it seems that better results could be achieved by violating them. Other topics which are explored include voluntariness and consent, freedom of expression, tolerance, punishment, and human rights. The collection includes the classic essays 'Preference and Urgency', 'A Theory of Freedom of Expression', and 'Contractualism and Utilitarianism', as well as a number of other essays that have hitherto not been easily accessible. It will be essential reading for all those studying these topics from the perspective of political philosophy, politics, and law.
 

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Contents

A theory of freedom of expression
6
Rights goals and fairness
26
Due process
42
Preference and urgency
70
Freedom of expression and categories of expression
84
Human rights as a neutral concern
113
Contractualism and utilitarianism
124
Content regulation reconsidered
151
Value desire and quality of life
169
The difficulty of tolerance
187
The diversity of objections to inequality
202
Punishment and the rule of law
219
Promises and contracts
234
Index
270
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T. M. Scanlon is Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. His most recent publication is 'What We Owe to Each Other'.

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