Nonetheless, the thought persists among some relativists that thereis a philosophically significant connection between relativism andtolerance. Perhaps the conjunction of MMR and an ethicalprinciple could give us a reason for tolerance we would not have on thebasis of the ethical principle alone. Such an approach has beenproposed by Wong (1984: ch. 12). The principle is, roughly speaking,that we should not interfere with people unless we could justify thisinterference to them (if they were rational and well-informed inrelevant respects). Wong called this “the justificationprinciple.” Of course, it is already a tolerance principle ofsorts. The idea is that it gains broader scope if MMR iscorrect. Let us suppose the statement that there is an individual rightto freedom of speech is true and justified for our society, but isfalse and unjustified in another society in which the press isrestricted for the good of the community. In this case, givenMMR, our society might not be able to justify interference tothe restrictive society concerning freedom of the press. Anyjustification we could give would appeal to values that areauthoritative for us, not them, and no appeal to logic or facts alonewould give them a reason to accept our justification.


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