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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 20 July 2011
Organisations: Politics & International Relations


Local EPrints ID: 197145
ISSN: 1369-8230
PURE UUID: ccd3409c-a739-4c6c-b0e8-e0332c7d454c
ORCID for David Owen: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 19 Sep 2011 10:49
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:21

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