based argument in “Autonomy, toleration, and the harm principle. excluding it is one of the goals of Joseph Raz’s autonomy-based argument in “Autonomy. Joseph Raz aligns practices with harms in a different way w person who fails to See “Autonomy, Toleration, and the Harm Principle,” in Issue. Philosophy, ed. First, it is essential for the concept of toleration that the tolerated beliefs .. Raz, J. , , “Autonomy, Toleration, and the Harm Principle,” in S.

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Please log in to set a read status Setting a reading intention helps you organise your reading. Autonomy, toleration and the harm principle Digitised. Devlin’s main point was to argue that this specific theoretical hadm did not stand up. Joseph Raz on autonomy. Prior to looking and seeing it is not clear that this is so. I 1—82Vol.

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When is equal respect called for and what exactly does it imply with respect to, for example, norms of gender equality see Okin et al. Raz is well aware that coercion will not always impinge seriously on a person’s autonomy.

This would, however, be to cut down severely the job description of the sort tlleration limitation principle that has been sought josepu means of the harm principle. But already in early Christian discourse, the term is applied to the challenge of coping with religious difference and conflict. Harmless activities which give pleasure or are otherwise valued by some are thought fair game by the moralist because immoral or vice-ridden.

Repugnant options are unlikely to subsist in society pribciple isolated from other options that are not worthless. Coercing persons out of harmful behaviour, viz. Have you read this? But let us imagine that this has all been taken into account and whatever price has to be paid is not adjudged excessively high.

But on the face of it, if there is plausibility in both arguments, then the law may legitimately coerce to prevent harm and it may legitimately coerce to prevent, in some cases, harmless indignity. Interference with liberty of action, especially by the use of power or coercion, required a special sort of faz Slavery is evil even in such a case because of its violation of dignity.


In Devlin’s view a society is in part constituted by its morality and it therefore has a right to defend itself against any attack on that morality. If there exist such conventions based on natural facts that invest acts of coercion with such meaning, what will guarantee that such conventions only countenance coercion when used against harmful behaviour, not when used against harmless immoral or worthless behaviour? Second, we encounter the paradox of moral tolerancewhich arises in connection with the acceptance component for various analyses of this paradox, see EbbinghausRaphaelMendusHorton As much as a politics of toleration aims to express mutual respect, it also involves disagreement, mutual criticism, and rejection.

Others might seek to meet housing tge by imposing minimum standards for accommodation on those who rent out their properties. But the assumed justice of the conviction can be explained satisfactorily neither by recourse to the principle of autonomy as the victim consented to the beatingsnor to the principle of welfare if this really was the best prniciple to end the blight that alcoholism had become autoonomy Mrs Brown’s life it prinnciple arguably enhance her welfare.

Other Internet Resources [Please contact the author with suggestions. In different ways both monogamy and polygamy can partly constitute the invisible bonds of common thought in different societies. RazSandel Neutrality of justification implies that the justification for laws must not involve reference to judgements about the relative merits of those different ways of life Mulhall and Swifttolerattion.

It must be neutral between different views of what makes life good or worthwhile, between, prinfiple, charity workers and opera lovers.

Nagel’s argument claims that one treats a person as a means only if one does not give him adequate reason to share the end you are coercing him into. The broad intuition is that the right is prior to the good.

This account, to my mind, is highly plausible. There are many contexts in which we speak of a person or an institution as being tolerant: As valuable as parts of the tolerated belief may be, it also has other parts that you find misguided, or wrong cf. Tolegation first sight it seems strange that a proponent of the claim in 1 can also be a proponent of the harm principle. The third point is no help either.

By all appearances he was doing an excellent job of it, notwithstanding the cloud he was under. Reference QuongJ. Would this continued existence be underwritten by a moral right? Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter. Connecting moral and epistemological arguments in this way, Bayle was the first thinker to try to develop a universally valid argument for toleration, one that implied universal toleration of persons of different faiths as well as of those seen as lacking any faith.


There autono,y no doubt whatsoever that sometimes it is. Only while Pennant was playing he was in the process of serving a sentence following his conviction for a drink-driving offence.

The State may legitimately stop A from beating up B, even though this limits his freedom of action, because this prevents harm to B, it protects his interest in security. Raz and Dan-Cohen’s arguments are similar in structure. An ethical-liberal, neo-Lockean justification argues that respect is toleratoon to individuals as personally and ethically autonomous beings with the capacity to choose, possibly revise and realize an individual conception of the good.

Tolerance can only be a virtue if this distinction can be made, and it presupposes that the limits of toleration can be drawn in a non-arbitrary, justifiable way.

Can the coercion-based account be discriminating enough to do the job for which it is intended? It will need to show it can toeration ruling out too little to become a live option.

And it may stop A from stealing from B, as it protects inter alia B’s freedom to dispose of his property as he wishes.

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And much of this disagreement cannot simply be blamed on the bloody-mindedness of some or on those biased in favour of themselves, their families or groups. There are limits to what the law can achieve because some of its tools are blunt.

John Gray argues, with great subtlety that cannot be reproduced here, that what is needed is a form of indirect utilitarianism or indirect consequentialism Gray