Philosophy & Social Criticism: Venice Seminars 2018 (vol 45 no 4, 2019)

This volume gathers the articles presented at the Reset DOC Venice Seminars 2018, which took place at the Giorgio Cini Foundation from June 7 to June 9, 2018.

The 2018 Venice Seminars addressed the topic of “Fountainheads of Toleration – Forms of Pluralism in Empires, Republics, Democracies”.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Volker Kaul, Sources of toleration: Individuals, cultures, institutions


Toleration, Individuals and Liberalism

Stephen Macedo, Liberalism beyond toleration: Religious exemptions, civility and the
ideological other

Alessandro Ferrara, Sideways at the entrance of the cave: A pluralist footnote to Plato

Homi K. Bhabha, The barbed wire labyrinth: Thoughts on the culture of migration

Diego von Vacano, American caudillo: Princely performative populism and democracy in the Americas


Cultures of Toleration: Islam, India, China

Ida Zilio-Grandi, The virtue of tolerance: Notes on the root s-m-h. in the Islamic tradition

Antonio Rigopoulos, Tolerance in Swami Vivekananda’s Neo-Hinduism

Pei Wang, Towards a morally defensible concept of toleration: Insights from ancient Chinese thinking

Francesca Tarocco, Politics of Toleration Religious tolerance: A view from China

Federico Squarcini, Selling tolerance by the pound: On ideal types’ fragility, Ashoka’s edicts and the political theology
of toleration in and beyond South Asia

Cengiz Aktar, Turkish political Islam’s failure


Global Regimes of Toleration

Jacqueline Bhabha, Toleration deficits: The perilous state of refugee protection today

Ahmet Insel, Tolerated but not equal

Simon Goldhill, The infrastructure of tolerance

Ogan Yumlu, Dimensions of majority rule



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