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ERIC Number: EJ815034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Toleration, Multiculturalism and Mistaken Belief
Standish, Paul
Ethics and Education, v1 n1 p79-100 Mar 2006
Doubts have been expressed about the virtue of toleration, especially in view of what some have seen as its complicity with a morality of anything goes. More rigorous arguments have been provided by Peter Gardner and Harvey Siegel against the relativism evident in certain versions of multiculturalism and in the new religious studies. This article examines their arguments. While it recognises the cogency of these arguments, it suggests that their concentration on matters of belief and mistaken belief is apt to divert attention from what is most important with regard to questions of toleration in these areas of experience. In order to illustrate this, remarks of Wittgenstein on religion and on understanding other cultures are considered. In contrast to the standard analysis of toleration, where toleration is seen as a response to an object that arouses disgust or disapproval, the value and the limitations of an easy-going tolerance are examined. This is related to bearing witness and knowledge-by-acquaintance. In the final section attention is turned to aspects of the curriculum that may have an unexpected relevance to toleration and the multicultural society. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Language: English
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