Trust and Toleration
Routledge – 2004 – 192 pages
Toleration would seem to be the most rational response to deep conflicts. However, by examining the conditions under which trust can develop between warring parties, it becomes clear that a fundamental shift in values - a conversion - is required before toleration makes sense. This book argues that maintaining trust is the key to stable practices of toleration.
Part One: Arguments for Toleration
Part Two: Trust and the Rationality of Toleration
Part Three: The Conversion to Toleration
Part Four: Establishing Toleration
Part Five: Of Socinians: Toleration and the Limits of Trust
Part Six: Of Homosexuals: Trust and the Practices of Public Reason
Richard H. Dees is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1990 and taught at Saint Louis University from 1990-2003. Besides toleration, his research interests are in the philosophical and historical works of David Hume, in the political thought of the American Revolution, and in bioethics.