‘Richly Imaginative Barbarism’

Stuart Hampshire and the Normality of Conflict

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Derek Edyvane Associate Professor, University of Leeds, UK d.j.edyvane@leeds.ac.uk

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Abstract

By way of an engagement with the thought of Stuart Hampshire and his account of the ‘normality of conflict’, this article articulates a novel distinction between two models of value pluralism. The first model identifies social and political conflict as the consequence of pluralism, whereas the second identifies pluralism as the consequence of social and political conflict. Failure to recognise this distinction leads to confusion about the implications of value pluralism for contemporary public ethics. The article illustrates this by considering the case of toleration. It contends that Hampshire's model of pluralism offers a new perspective on the problem of toleration and illuminates a new way of thinking about the accommodation of diversity as ‘civility within conflict’.

Contributor Notes

Derek Edyvane is associate professor of political theory at the University of Leeds. He works on a range of problems and issues in contemporary liberal political philosophy, and his current research focuses on civility, incivility and citizenship. His work has been published in a range of journals, including Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Social Theory and Practice and Journal of Applied Philosophy. His most recent book is Civic Virtue and the Sovereignty of Evil (Routledge, 2013). E-mail: d.j.edyvane@leeds.ac.uk

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