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For a SPECIAL ISSUE OF "BALKAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY"

We are pleased to announce the topic of the 2019 issue of our journal:

" TOLERANCE AND ITS LIMITS "

Different people often have different opinions about which actions, beliefs, and practices are appropriate, and when they have to live together, their ideas of what is right or wrong may clash. Tolerance is an attitude of acceptance of - or at least non-interference in - other people’s attitudes and actions. The person or group exercising tolerance refrains from interfering and constraining even when they deem a practice wrong. But tolerance has limits: some practices are such that the reasons for interference seem stronger than the reasons for acceptance. Where does the boundary lie between practices and beliefs that one deems wrong but is willing to accept, and practices and beliefs that one rejects and takes action against?

Concrete instantiations of this question have recently been the subject of public debate in a number of European countries. Typically issues get media attention when practices that are deemed intolerable are outlawed. A court in the United Kingdom has ruled against gender-segregated education in religious schools. Austria and certain Swiss cantons enforce a burka ban for Muslim women. France implements secularity by banning teachers in public schools from wearing religious symbols, and many private companies enforce the same policy. The Hungarian government decided not to tolerate charities that receive support from abroad. The list could be continued.

These measures raise questions. In each concrete case one can ask whether the decision taken is the right one. But these specific questions point to a larger issue: on what grounds should certain practices be deemed intolerable? Are there principled ways to draw the boundary between what is tolerable and what is not? At what point is the transition from “informal” rejection at a personal level to prohibition by law justified? In dealing with these questions, a particular feature of a shared public practice of toleration plays a pivotal role: when organized through the state, tolerance is often supposed to be reciprocal. This supposition seems to imply that one cannot tolerate those who are intolerant. If this supposition is correct, does it give liberals a blanket licence to clamp down on intolerant ideologies like Neo-Nazism and Islamism? If it is incorrect, does it mean that movements displaying a persistent lack of tolerance while themselves benefitting from others’ forbearance have to be tolerated? This special issue aims to bring together papers that reflect on these issues.

Submitted papers should not exceed 8,000 words (including references, a short abstract of about 150 words, and a short list of keywords). Papers should be sent to the journal’s email address at:  balkanjournalofphilosophy@gmail.com

The deadline for papers is November 30, 2018.

This special issue will appear in 2019.

 


 
 
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