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Philosophical Essay (tolerance and Justice)
William Touvell

Ohio Christian University
Ph2000 Introduction to Philosophy
Van Kuiken
May 9, 2011
Tolerance
Tolerance is defined as the capacity for or practice of respecting and recognizing another person’s opinions, practices, behaviors, or beliefs. (editor), 1976). Tolerance can cross into many categories of life from different cultures, the type of music we like, moral issues, religion and many others. More and more these days they are teaching our children in school that we must practice tolerance with all groups of people. I have also heard it described as just agreeing not to disagree; so you avoid any arguments or hurt feelings. The other thing that tolerance can be tied into is that of ethical relativism. Nash defines ethical relativism as the belief that moral beliefs that are conflicting at times can be true at the same time in the same sense. (Nash, 1999). The problems with ethical relativism, is that it’s really confusing and it gives way to numerous paradoxical consequences. The biggest one is when one accepts this way of thinking, that there can be no moral code we use that is better than another. Nash put it this way “if there is no transcendent, objective grounds for moral criticism, no side can be more right than the other.” (Nash, 1999). Some of the other points made are that if we accept this belief than why do we strive to become better people, when no human is any better than his fellow man? The last part that is a big issue with people over this way of thinking is that under relativism that all the choices people make are equally good. This is very absurd and dangerous way of thinking. So basically it is telling me that Adolf Hitler, Sadamm Hussein, and Osama Bin Laden with the choices that these men made in their lives that terrorized innocent people was good. I consider…...

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