Education to tolerance
Some philosophical obstacles and their resolution
in The culture of toleration in diverse societies

This chapter focuses on the problems of education to toleration. Its aim is primarily philosophical to expose the elusive nature of the very idea of toleration and its implications in education and to discuss some psychological and practical obstacles in educating the young to adopt a tolerant attitude to others. The conceptual analysis of toleration resolves the paradox of toleration, the psychological obstacles to creating a tolerant inclination in both children and adults are serious. Education to toleration is just one part in the general teaching of second-order moral principles, such as punishment, forgiveness, and compromise, that is to say the correct response to the violation of first-order principles or norms. The notion of tolerance is historically and psychologically intermediary in nature, merely a stage between intolerant opposition and positive recognition.

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