Sunday, January 24, 2021

Toleration Chapter

My chapter for the Palgrave Handbook of Toleration is now available online. It advances a "virtue epistemological" account of toleration as both a personal and public virtue. The abstract:

In this chapter a virtue epistemological account of toleration is developed and defended that draws attention to a cluster of “epistemic virtues” (collectively referred to as “mindsight” (Siegel (2010) Mindsight: the new science of personal transformation. Bantam Books, New York)) that are integral to exercising toleration as both a personal and public virtue. Virtue epistemology applies a normative analysis to the cognitive lives of individuals and intellectual communities (e.g., democratic country). By bringing to the fore the potential virtues and vices of our cognitive lives, virtue epistemology can offer an account of toleration that is distinct from that provided by autonomy-based arguments. The latter ignores, or at least brackets, our cognitive lives. A virtue epistemological account of toleration can help resolve the so-called “paradox of toleration,” as well as elaborate on the limits of toleration as a virtue.

KeywordsAutonomy Epistemic Virtue Hate speech Mindsight Psychology Toleration Virtue epistemology