[SydPhil] Reminder: Louise Richardson-Self @ Mon 23 Sep 2013 13:00 - 14:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Louise Richardson-Self
Tolerance or Respect?
According to Rainer Forst there is one basic human right which foregrounds  
all other rights: the basic right to justification. This right holds that  
agents can demand reciprocally and generally justifying reasons for any  
perceived mistreatment they withstand. If the treatment cannot be so  
justified, then the situation ought to be rectified. Forst also endorses a  
‘respect conception’ of tolerance alongside the basic right to  
justification. This holds that ethical world views may not determine the  
norms and laws of a society where they conflict with moral requirements.  
Now consider the case of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage neither  
violates the demands of reciprocity, nor generality. Furthermore,  
opposition to same-sex marriage is based on ethical world views (religious  
beliefs, notions of human nature) rather than moral requirements. Assuming  
this is all right, same-sex marriage ought to be legalised and tolerated.  
My question is, is tolerance enough? Can lesbian, gay, bisexual, and  
transgender men and women (LGBT) legitimately demand respect, in the true  
sense of the word? I argue that if Forst’s theory is supplemented with  
insights from sexual difference feminism, they can. I make this argument,  
employing the philosophy of Luce Irigaray and her criticisms of  
phallocentrism, whilst analysing Forst’s ‘paradox of the tolerant racist’.
When: Mon 23 Sep 2013 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room
Calendar: Current Projects
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