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Multicultural CitizenshipA Liberal Theory of Minority Rights$
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Will Kymlicka

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198290919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198290918.001.0001

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Toleration and Its Limits

Toleration and Its Limits

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(p.152) Chapter 8 Toleration and Its Limits
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Multicultural Citizenship
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198290918.003.0008

Discusses how liberals should respond to situations in which a minority demands the right to restrict the basic civil and political liberties of its own members, in violation of the liberal commitment to individual autonomy, which it does not share. Does it follow that liberal states should impose liberal norms on liberal minorities? This raises complicated issues about the meaning of tolerance and its limits. The chapter discusses the relationship between the values of tolerance and individual autonomy within liberal theory, and outlines some of the factors that need to be taken into account in evaluating the legitimacy of imposing liberal values on illiberal minorities.

Keywords:   civil liberties, illiberalism, minority rights, tolerance

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