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A Critique of Pure Tolerance

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Foreword
Beyond tolerance by Robert P. Wolff
Tolerance & the scientific outlook by Barrington Moore
Repressive tolerance by Herbert Marcuse.
Paperback, 123 pages
Published December 16th 1997 by Beacon Press (MA) (first published 1965)
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Bob Nichols
Apr 30, 2014 Bob Nichols rated it liked it
Robert Paul Wolff writes 49 pages about the history of tolerance in the U.S. He argues that the concept has lost its value, as description and prescription, and saves the last page to say that we must overcome this “battleground of competing groups,” move beyond tolerance, and formulate the ideal of the common good.

Barrington Moore has issues about tolerance going too far, so that we end up with ridiculous positions. He believes that the “rational and secular outlook” can tell us when to be tol
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This didn't age particularly cleanly (that is a number of assumptions about truth & etc. are like not well suited to the sensibilities of the post-post-modern jet set) but i think it has some fundamentally interesting points about the underlying assumptions of pluralist tolerance (admittedly ones that have been done to death). IDK if you wanna scratch yr Marcuse itch and don't want to take up a lot of time, this is certainly an option?
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Mixed bag.
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Jul 30, 2012 Shu-ning rated it really liked it
Again, this book requires some heavy thinking. Take your time and enjoy the process of thinking.
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German-Jewish philosopher, political theorist and sociologist, and a member of the Frankfurt School. Celebrated as the "Father of the New Left", his best known works are Eros and Civilization, One-Dimensional Man and The Aesthetic Dimension. Marcuse was a major intellectual influence on the New Left and student movements of the 1960s.
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