Tolerance and the Ethical Life (Continuum Studies in Philosophy)

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In a fresh and exciting way, this new book shows how tolerance connects with the practice of philosophy. Andrew Fiala examines the virtue of tolerance as it appears in several historical contexts: Socratic philosophy, Stoic philosophy, Pragmatism, and Existentialism. The lesson derived is that tolerance is a virtue for what Fiala calls 'tragic communities'. Such communities are developed when we come together across our differences, but they lack the robust sense of connection that we often seek with others - the complete sort of happiness that is offered by a more utopian ideal of community. But rather than viewing this conclusion as a failure, Fiala maintains that tragic communities are the best communities possible for human beings who are aware of their own individuality and finitude. Indeed, they are typical of the sorts of communities created by philosophers engaged in dialogue with others.

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Andrew Fiala is Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno, USA. He is the author of The Just War Myth (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), The Philosopher's Voice (SUNY Press, 2002) and Practical Pacifism (Algora Press, 2004).

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Fiala (Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay) here stakes out his own pluralist (not relativist) position on tolerance in conversation with Margolis, Rawls, M. Walzer, Rorty, and J. Lachs, but he is equally interested in displaying the main relevant insights of Western philosophers from Socrates forward. Because of its coverage, clear language, and relative brevity, the book makes a good introduction to the subject... Readers also get advice from the Stoics on discerning what is outside one's control, as well as from Locke and Rousseau on sincerity, Emerson on self-reliance, James on metaphysical pluralism, Royce on loyalty to the principle of loyalty, Marcel and Sartre on fraternity and generosity, and the Frankfurt School on the "repressive tolerance" of bourgeois society... Recommended" - Choice, S. G. Smith, Millsaps College

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"Fialahere stakes out his own pluralist (not relativist) position on tolerance inconversation with Margolis, Rawls, M. Walzer, Rorty, and J. Lachs, but he isequally interested in displaying the main relevant insights of Westernphilosophers from Socrates forward. Because of its coverage, clear language,and relative brevity, the book makes a good introduction to the subject.Summing Up: Recommended." (CHOICE)

'Fiala has made an important contribution to our understanding of the deep and varied history of the moral ideal of tolerance.' (Rebecca Stangl Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

"Fiala does an admirable job of demonstrating the deep roots of tolerance in the Western intellectual tradition and its compatibility with a number of extremely different approaches to philosophy. This is a welcome contribution to the discussion of the source of the ideal of tolerance, a discussion which has often made it seem as if tolerance is a peculiarly modern virtue, which came to the fore only in the wake of the disastrous religious wars of the sixteenth century."- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, March 9, 2006

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Fiala (Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay) here stakes out his own pluralist (not relativist) position on tolerance in conversation with Margolis, Rawls, M. Walzer, Rorty, and J. Lachs, but he is equally interested in displaying the main relevant insights of Western philosophers from Socrates forward. Because of its coverage, clear language, and relative brevity, the book makes a good introduction to the subject... Readers also get advice from the Stoics on discerning what is outside one's control, as well as from Locke and Rousseau on sincerity, Emerson on self-reliance, James on metaphysical pluralism, Royce on loyalty to the principle of loyalty, Marcel and Sartre on fraternity and generosity, and the Frankfurt School on the "repressive tolerance" of bourgeois society... Recommended" - Choice, S. G. Smith, Millsaps College

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”Fialahere stakes out his own pluralist (not relativist) position on tolerance inconversation with Margolis, Rawls, M. Walzer, Rorty, and J. Lachs, but he isequally interested in displaying the main relevant insights of Westernphilosophers from Socrates forward. Because of its coverage, clear language,and relative brevity, the book makes a good introduction to the subject.Summing Up: Recommended.” (CHOICE)

'Fiala has made an important contribution to our understanding of the deep and varied history of the moral ideal of tolerance.' (Sanford Lakoff Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

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