Neutrality and the accommodation of diversity

05Sept2017 15:30 - 17:00


The ideal of state or institutional neutrality has been widely disparaged by those concerned with the accommodation of diversity. Peter Balint, UNSW Canberra, will defend neutrality in this presentation. Open to the public.

This event is part of the lecture series 'Law and Justice Across Borders'.


Attendance is free, registration is appreciated. Please send an email to Angela Moisl,


In this paper, Peter Balint defends neutrality as being significantly more accommodating than the oft-favoured respect or recognition of difference. One of the radical implications (and advantages) of his argument is that there is little need to distinguish between mere preferences and deeply held beliefs.  

The Speaker

Peter Balint is a Senior Lecturer and Head of International and Political Studies at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. His most recent publication is Respecting Toleration: Traditional Liberalism and Contemporary Diversity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). 

Seminar room A 3.01

  • Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw A

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 | 1018 WV Amsterdam

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