Congratulations to Dr. Andrew J. Cohen, Associate Professor of Philosophy, on the publication of his new book Toleration, published by Polity Press. In his book Dr. Cohen provides an analysis of what toleration is, what should be tolerated, and why toleration is important.
From the publisher:
Beginning with some key insights into what we mean by toleration, Cohen goes on to investigate what should be tolerated and why. We should not be free to do everything – murder, rape, and theft, for clear examples, should not be tolerated. But should we be free to take drugs, hire a prostitute, or kill ourselves? Should our governments outlaw such activities or tolerate them? Should they tolerate “outsourcing” of jobs or importing of goods or put embargos on other countries? Cohen examines these difficult questions, among others, and argues that we should look to principles of toleration to guide our answers. These principles tell us when limiting freedom is acceptable – that is, they indicate the proper limits of toleration. Cohen deftly explains the main principles on offer and indicates why one of these stands out from the rest.
Other recent works by Dr. Cohen include:
- “Exchanges and Relationships: On Hard-headed Economics Capturing the Soft Side of Life.” Social Theory and Practice 38.2 (2012): 231-257.
- “A Conceptual and (Preliminary) Normative Exploration of Waste.” Social Philosophy and Policy 27.2 (2010): 233-273.
- “What the Liberal State Should Tolerate Within Its Borders.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37.4 (2007): 479-513.
- “What Toleration Is.” Ethics 115.1 (2004): 68-95.