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Both historically and conceptually, toleration remains one of the foundational characteristics that define the very essence of a diverse polity, and it is the basic virtue associated with a liberal conception of citizenship. Despite its centrality in the pantheon of liberal ideals, toleration remains a contested concept, an ambiguous principle, and an elusive virtue. In fact, there is hardly any concept in contemporary political philosophy that is more complex and controversial than that of toleration. At the same time, its educational significance continues to cause controversy in a number of areas, including citizenship education, sex education, multicultural education, and so on. In particular, the discussion over the status, justification, and limits of what is to be tolerated remains at the very center of discussion between ...

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