What ‘Inclusion’ Really Means

Depending on which view one espouses, the notion of ‘inclusion’ will take on varying forms and implications.

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Surely there is more than one way to think about the social implications of sexual orientation and gender identity. Depending on which view one espouses, the notion of ‘inclusion’ will take on varying forms and implications. We'll look at classic notions of liberty and civic unity that we find in early modern philosopher John Locke’s concept of ‘toleration.' A free society must allow for the acceptance of variety and difference. To make sense of this we'll need to look at notions of belonging, neighbourliness, identity, toleration, inclusion, and the principles of dissent and minority protections.