Roundtable on “Toleration in Conflict” by Rainer Forst


Date: Apr 28, 2014

Panelists:
Rainer Forst, author and Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy, Goethe University
Teresa Bejan, Fellow, Society of Fellows, Columbia University
Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor of History, Columbia University
Andrew Sabl, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, UCLA
Nadia Urbinati, Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies, Columbia University

Chair: Jean Cohen, Professor of Contemporary Civilization and Political Theory, Columbia University

The concept of toleration plays a central role in pluralistic societies. It designates a stance which permits conflicts over beliefs and practices to persist while at the same time defusing them, because it is based on reasons for coexistence in conflict – that is, in continuing dissension. In Toleration and Conflict, Forst analyses these conflicts by reconstructing the philosophical and political discourse of toleration since antiquity. He demonstrates the diversity of the justifications and practices of toleration from the Stoics and early Christians to the present day and develops a systematic theory which he tests in discussions of contemporary conflicts over toleration.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life and the Heyman Center for the Humanities

See photos of the Forst “Toleration in Conflict” Book Talk here.

Date: Apr 28, 2014

Panelists:
Rainer Forst, author and Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy, Goethe University
Teresa Bejan, Fellow, Society of Fellows, Columbia University
Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor of History, Columbia University
Andrew Sabl, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, UCLA
Nadia Urbinati, Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies, Columbia University

Chair: Jean Cohen, Professor of Contemporary Civilization and Political Theory, Columbia University

The concept of toleration plays a central role in pluralistic societies. It designates a stance which permits conflicts over beliefs and practices to persist while at the same time defusing them, because it is based on reasons for coexistence in conflict – that is, in continuing dissension. In Toleration and Conflict, Forst analyses these conflicts by reconstructing the philosophical and political discourse of toleration since antiquity. He demonstrates the diversity of the justifications and practices of toleration from the Stoics and early Christians to the present day and develops a systematic theory which he tests in discussions of contemporary conflicts over toleration.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life and the Heyman Center for the Humanities

See photos of the Forst “Toleration in Conflict” Book Talk here.

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