Must the tolerant person have a sense of humour? On the structure of tolerance as a virtue

Owen, David (2011) Must the tolerant person have a sense of humour? On the structure of tolerance as a virtue. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 14, (3), 385-403. (doi:10.1080/13698230.2011.571879).


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This article addresses the relationship of toleration and humour as virtues. It argues that our understanding of toleration as a virtue has been captured and shaped by the conception of tolerance as a duty and, through a critique of John Horton’s classic article on toleration as a virtue, seeks to show what a view freed from such captivity would look like. It then turns to argue that humour plays a fundamental role in relation to living a virtuous life. Finally, it attempts to establish the practical necessity of the relationship between tolerance and humour setting out what I take to be significant structural relationships between them and between their formation as settled dispositions of character.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/13698230.2011.571879
ISSNs: 1369-8230 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
ePrint ID: 197145
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
20 July 2011Published
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2011 10:49
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:44

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