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DEMOCRACY, EQUALITY AND TOLERATION

CATRIONA MCKINNON
The Journal of Ethics
Vol. 11, No. 2 (June, 2007), pp. 125-146
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20728499
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

In this paper I comment on a recent "letter" by Burleigh Wilkins addressed to nascent egalitarian democracies which offers advice on the achievement of religious toleration. I argue that while Wilkins' advice is sound as far as it goes, it is nevertheless underdeveloped insofar as his letter fails to distinguish two competing conceptions of toleration — liberal-pluralist and republican-secularist — both of which are consistent with the advice he offers, but each of which yields very different policy recommendations (as can be seen by consideration of The United States v. Lee in the United States and, I'affaire du foulard in France). I argue that a democratic society of equals must be committed to liberal-pluralist rather than republican-secularist toleration.

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