Toleration and reasonableness
in The culture of toleration in diverse societies

Opponents of liberalism has always been one of the advantages of the liberal approach to political theory that it prides itself on dealing with the real world of men and women as they actually are. Its claims about pluralism and the need for toleration have been based on the actual dissent about value that can be expected to emerge when men and women engage in thought about their lives and their relations with others under less than perfect conditions. This chapter considers the terminology of reasonableness, the contrast between the reasonable and the rational, put about by John Rawls and his followers. The liberal commitment to allowing individuals to pursue their aims is complemented by an insistence that individuals be reasonable in choosing what aims to pursue.

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