Boundaries of toleration by Alfred Stepan, Charles Taylor

By Alfred Stepan, Charles Taylor

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It is clear that the logic of toleration, and that of multicultural rights entrenchment, are quite different from each other. How can anyone say that I am receiving as a fruit of toleration something that I have a right to? We would probably also agree that a politics of rights is a more satisfactory arrangement than a politics of tolerance. It is more in keeping with human dignity when we are insured against special negative treatment by right, rather than by the wisdom of governments or majorities who may see good reasons to mitigate this treatment in our case.

My grandfather went on the hajj to Mecca. He said his prayers five times a day every day of his life, and his children and his grandchildren, being grandchildren, would make horrible fun of him and ask him why he spent so much time with his bottom higher than his head. And, instead of getting cross with us, he would laugh at us and encourage us to come and have a talk about it. I remember the Sufi Islam of Kashmir, the way in which that Islam was affected by its contiguity with Hinduism and the way in which the Hinduism of Kashmir was affected by its proximity to that Islam, so that, for instance, as I said somewhere in the novel, in Kashmir you have these little shrines of Sufi saints all over the place and people would stop and make offerings.

ISBN 978-0-231-16566-2 (cloth : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-0-231-16567-9 (pbk. : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-0-231-53633-2 1. Toleration—Philosophy. 2. Group identity 3. Social values I. Stepan, Alfred C. B68 2014 179’ 9—dc23 2013025560 A Columbia University Press E-book. edu. JACKET DESIGN: Archie Ferguson References to Web sites (URLs) were accurate at the time of writing. Neither the author nor Columbia University Press is responsible for URLs that may have expired or changed since the manuscript was prepared.

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