Posted on Friday 16th March 2012
On February 23 2012, Iseult Honohan, Senior Lecturer at the University College Dublin and Head of the Irish ACCEPT Pluralism Research Team, addressed the public seminar series of the Department of Philosophy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth on the topic ‘Toleration and non-domination’.
This addressed the concern that toleration - in the strict sense of allowing something disapproved of - may seem to involve an exercise of arbitrary power by the tolerator. The paper examined the contemporary neo-republican approach to freedom as non-domination, which defines unfreedom precisely as subjection to a power of arbitrary interference. It examines whether non-domination theory has a place for toleration (as distinct from both non-toleration and respect/recognition), and thus the possibility of a non-dominating toleration.
The attendance included Maynooth staff and postgraduates of Philosophy and other departments. The respondent was Dr Susan Gottloeber of the Department of Philosophy, NUI Maynooth. The seminar concluded with questions and comments from the audience.
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