N. J. Phillips Reply to on 4 April 2009
|This is an excellently written book which is a fine piece of twenty-first century philosophy. It is a work of philosophy which could create some difficulties for a more general reader as philosophers need to dot every 'i' and cross every 't' lest they are accused by colleagues of not having made some point entirely free from criticism. That aside the style is clear and contains intriguing examples which illustrate the importance of the concepts in the real world.
What I would particularly like to stress is how important the concept of toleration is today. All politicians, local and national, need to read this book and it should be compulsory on teaching and business studies degree courses. There is a destructive little meme abroad which declares toleration to be somehow inadequate, suggesting it be replaced by 'respect' or some such word. I will not argue that here, but I will say that the concept of toleration needs more careful thought than ever before. Reading and pondering this book will help eormously.
Oh, and the concept of tolerance is set for AS level philosophy. Teachers will require copies and any sensible student will buy their own as they can learn from Dr McKinnon how good philosophy books are written without being too arcane.