This month’s Socrates Café question:

“Does the virtue of tolerance include being tolerant of viewpoints that you don’t agree with?”

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7 Responses to “January ‘10 Socrates Café”
  1. Bevan says:

    first off i need to get to these events again since they are awesome..may have to bring an 8 month old philosopher with me though….regarding the topic…my answer is Yes, the best example is in real religious dialogue…if you ever for example read conversations between say Quaker and Buddhist scholars there is not only a humble conversation in which each person listening and respecting the other’s viewpoint..but an extreme interest in their cross cultural and religious correlations, almost like they are celebrating both their similarities and differences realizing that both are abiding in a greater, universal Truth

  2. Russian Paul says:

    yes and hello Tod! this is a question i have never even to think of! it is like Benvan will say that a Quacker and a Budhist can also be to having simple times and to say “hello i see what you will say and i also respect it”. i think this is OK. also the tolerant of viewpoints that you don’t agree with is not a virtue of tolerance and i am not sure i understand this question. happy Mountain Luther King!

  3. Mike M says:

    Why would I need the virtue of tolerance if everyone AGREED with me ?????

  4. Bob B. says:

    Tolerance is a virtue? See the text and comments at:

    I tend to ignore those with opposing views – which is not tolerance in what I believe is the intent of the question. I think a virtue of tolerance requires active discussion/understanding of the other point of view even if it is opposite to your point of view.

  5. Bob B. says:

    Hmm. The link did not show in my comment. Here’s another try. Add the http:// prefix if needed

  6. Mark G says:

    One man’s theology is another man’s belly laugh.
    Robert A. Heinlein

    Learning history and religion is the only way to understand your fellow man and to achieve world peace. Tolerance, or in today’s vernacular “agreeing to disagree” is a trait espoused by all of the major world religions, and yet, those in positions of power ignore that, and pull from the divisive passages instead.

    While the answer to the question is self evident, the practice of the question is seemingly impossible.

  7. Russian Paul says:

    yes and i can see it! i do what Marg G. and BobS will say and have the way of it!