Thursday, October 04, 2007


Tolerance and Intolerance.

Organiser: Dr Eliane Glaser

Room 101, Birkbeck College, Department of English and Humanities, 30 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP
Saturday, 13 October

Tolerance is frequently cited as a core British value in contemporary political rhetoric, but the historical origins of the idea are not widely known. This symposium will explore conceptions and genealogies of toleration both inside and outside the academy. Were 17th-century tolerationists idealistic or pragmatic? In what ways is toleration concerned with the relationship between public and private; church and state? Who is to be tolerated, and who isn't?

2pm: Welcome; Blair Worden (Oxford), John Milton and Religious Liberty

2.40: Justin Champion (Royal Holloway), Private is in Secret Free: Hobbes, Locke and Bayle on the Limits of Toleration, Atheism and Heterodoxy

3.20: Susan Menus (York), Religious Toleration: John Locke versus John Rawls

4pm: Tea

4.30-5pm: Questions, discussion and close

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