By Chris C B Rogers, on 19 January 2015
By Chris Rogers
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks the question of toleration has come to the for again, and a number of individuals wish to institute a policy of intolerance towards the intolerant.
‘We may be a tolerant society’, they argue, but we are not required to respect or even tolerate those who themselves are intolerant. To do so risks undermining the entirety of our own society (as was argued by Karl Popper). Morally, if they do not consider toleration something worth adhering to, surely they suspend their right to tolerance as well. Absolutism in favour of Toleration may even be considered, they argue, contradictory: if we are to hold toleration up as the ultimate good, we must necessarily hold intolerance as an intolerable evil. The position seems to collapse in on itself.