15 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 2013
Decisions about intervention can be understood as decisions about tolerance, because an act of tolerance is an act of non-intervention, and, conversely, an act of intervention can be understood as an act of intolerance. But acts of tolerance, typically made under conditions of epistemic uncertainty, may turn out to have been mistaken, just as acts of intolerance, also typically made under conditions of epistemic uncertainty, may also turn out to have been mistaken. And thus we can see the decision to tolerate or not as a decision-theoretic problem, susceptible to modeling using familiar tools of decision theory.
Keywords: Toleration, Tolerance, Intervention, Paternalism, Liberty
JEL Classification: D8, K2, K4
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