Vertical toleration as a liberal ideal
McKinnon, C. (2013) Vertical toleration as a liberal ideal. Social Theory and Practice, 39 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0037-802X
To link to this article DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract20133911
This paper argues that the direct, vertical toleration of certain types of citizen by the Rawlsian liberal state is appropriate and required in circumstances in which these types of citizen pose a threat to the stability of the state. By countering the claim that vertical toleration is redundant given a commitment to the Rawlsian version of the liberal democratic ideal, and by articulating a version of that ideal that shows this claim to be false, the paper reaffirms the centrality of vertical toleration in the Rawlsian liberal account of state-citizen relations.