This International Ethics research theme explores global distributive justice, immigration, multiculturalism, gender and identity-politics, climate change, and encompasses different variations on cosmopolitanism as an approach to international politics. Key projects are listed below.
The Boundaries of Toleration
In this ongoing project, Peter Balint shows why the question of political and academic discussion on what exactly should be tolerated is the wrong question. He argues that we should instead ask how much and in what ways should those with political power be in/tolerant towards practices that are objectionable. He has published articles in The European Journal of Political Theory and Ethnic and Racial Studies, and a book, Respecting Toleration: Traditional Liberalism and Contemporary Diversity
Defending State Neutrality
In this ongoing book-length project, Peter Balint both challenges majority privilege as unjustified, and argues against minority rights. He argues that when state institutions are guided by the ideal of neutrality, there is no longer any need for countervailing minority rights because individuals are no longer trapped by their particular identity, and have increased freedom to live their lives as they see fit. He has published articles in Political Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, and Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World.