Toleration Past and Present by The British Academy published on 2016-04-07T11:30:10Z Monday 8 October 2007, 7pm to 8.30pm, followed by a drinks reception The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 A British Academy discussion evening convened and chaired by Professor Susan Mendus FBA, University of York Speakers: Professor John Dunn FBA, University of Cambridge; Dr Jon Parkin, University of York; Dr Tim Stanton, University of York Questions of toleration, and especially of religious toleration, are prominent in modern society: should we allow religious symbols, such as crucifixes and headscarves, to be worn at school? Should we ban or restrict literature that is critical of religious faith? Does Jewish or Islamic dietary law justify exemption from the laws governing the slaughter of animals? In societies characterised by cultural and religious diversity, we need to know what justifies toleration, and what its proper limits are. However, these problems are not entirely new. Indeed, they were central to 17th century politics and philosophy. Re-visiting the 17th century debates about toleration might therefore help to cast light on the problems of our own age.