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Höffe I 243
Toleration/Locke/Höffe: In Locke's essay on toleration (1667)(1), [he] (...) [recommends] (...) to tolerate (...) the Protestant religious communities ("sects"), since their members are remarkably industrious. However, atheists and Catholics are excluded from tolerance.
Höffe I 245
Letter on tolerance/Locke: According to the letter, first published in English, later in Latin and anonymously in both languages, the core of tolerance consists in mutual non-interference: The state must not interfere in church affairs and the church in state affairs. He considers the commitment to a state church demanded in many places to be unwise, since it provokes violent resistance, and, if one looks at the respective guiding purpose, illegitimate: As a secular protective institution the state has the task and, thanks to the monopoly on the use of force, also the power to protect against infringements. >Human Rights/Locke.


1.Locke, Letter on Toleration, 1689


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Loc III
J. Locke
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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