International Toleration: A Theory

1st Edition

Pietro Maffettone

Routledge India
March 27, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 198 Pages
ISBN 9780367442521 - CAT# 346133
Series: Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought

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This book proposes a theory of toleration wherein liberal democracies peacefully co-exist with non-democratic societies. It conceptualises international toleration in a way that is both faithful to the liberal tradition and at the same time explains why we should accept some non-liberal and non-democratic political communities as members in good standing of international society.

The volume delves into different theoretical understandings of the idea of toleration and what it has come to mean in today’s highly polarised world. It argues that classifying states as liberal and non-liberal is important but cannot explain how they should relate to one another Putting forward a new reconstruction of Rawls’ theory of political liberalism, Maffettone makes a compelling case for the claim that the separation between domestic and international political domains can enable a liberal state to have equal respect and recognition for at least some non-liberal ones.

A major intervention in political and legal philosophy, this book will be indispensable to students and teachers of political theory, international relations, peace and conflict studies, international law and human rights. It will also be of interest to government think tanks and civil servants.


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