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Confident PluralismSurviving and Thriving through Deep Difference$
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John D. Inazu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226365459

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226365596.001.0001

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Civic Aspirations

Civic Aspirations

Tolerance, Humility, and Patience

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(p.83) Chapter 5 Civic Aspirations
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Confident Pluralism
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John D. Inazu

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226365596.003.0006

Chapter 5 introduces three civic aspirations that move us closer toward a world of Confident Pluralism. Tolerance is the recognition that people are for the most part free to pursue their own beliefs and practices, even those beliefs and practices we find morally objectionable. Humility takes the further step of recognizing that others will sometimes find our beliefs and practices morally objectionable, and that we can't always “prove” that we are right and they are wrong. Patience points toward restraint, persistence, and endurance in our interactions across difference. Importantly, we can pursue these aspirations without agreeing on the reasons for doing so. If enough of us embrace them, we may be able to sustain Confident Pluralism even as we disagree about the underlying justifications.

Keywords:   confidence, tolerance, humility, patience, aspirations, civic practices

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