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7) In itself, toleration/ tolerance is not a virtue or value; it can only be a value if backed by the right normative reasons. Comment.(250 words)

Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections

7) In itself, toleration/ tolerance is not a virtue or value; it can only be a value if backed by the right normative reasons. Comment.(250 words)

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Why this question

The question is related to GS 4 syllabus under the following heading-

Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to deliberate on the value of tolerance and present our opinion on whether it is useful only if backed by right normative reasons.

Directive word

Comment- we have to describe tolerance as a value and then form a personal opinion on the issue- whether tolerance by itself is  a value or does it require normative reasoning to be of any value.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– briefly define and describe the meaning of the value of tolerance.

Body- discuss in points about how tolerance as a value is meaningless when viewed in isolation from normative logic/ reasoning.

E.g mention in points the three paradoxes- paradox of the tolerant racist, paradox of moral tolerance, paradox of drawing the limits. Explain these paradoxes. Take help of the article attached with the question to frame your answer.

Conclusion– Bring out a fair, concise and balanced opinion on the above issue