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The Problem with the History of Toleration

The Problem with the History of Toleration

Chapter:
(p.105) Chapter Eight The Problem with the History of Toleration
Source:
Politics of Religious Freedom
Author(s):
Evan Haefeli
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0011

This essay documents the wide variety of forms that “toleration” has assumed in an array of historical and geographic contexts. In the act of definition, certain historical arrangements with respect to toleration, intolerance, persecution, religious freedom, and neutrality are privileged while others are ignored. Haefeli shows that narratives of toleration and religious freedom inevitably pass off a partisan narrative as a universal one.

Keywords:   tolerance, toleration, intolerance, religious freedom, persecution, neutrality

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