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John Christian Laursen and María José Villaverde (eds.)

Paradoxes of Religious Toleration in Early Modern Political Thought,

John Christian Laursen and María José Villaverde (eds.), Paradoxes of Religious Toleration in Early Modern Political Thought, Lexington Books, 2012, 224pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9780739172179.

Reviewed by Michael W. Hickson, Santa Clara University

In Heyd’s collection, Bernard Williams captures the alleged paradox of tolerance best in “Toleration: An Impossible Virtue”: “[tolerance] appear[s] impossible because it seemingly require[s] someone to think that a certain belief or practice [is] thoroughly wrong or bad, and at the same time that there [is] some intrinsic good to be found in its being allowed to flourish” (Heyd, p. 25). There are numerous puzzling questions about toleration that other authors have used to motivate the idea of a paradox of toleration. Must we tolerate the intolerant? Is it possible to practice the supposed virtue of tolerance without…

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