Civility and Its Discontents: Civic Virtue, Toleration, and Cultural Fragmentation (Paperback)
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Civility and Its Discontents: Civic Virtue, Toleration, and Cultural Fragmentation (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 30/06/2004
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Commentators in popular media and professional publications alike have decried the extent to which civility, civic virtue, tolerance, and socio-cultural unity have declined in modern liberal societies. In this volume, contributors from philosophy and political science discuss this dilemma while exploring the nature of civil society the conflict between individual liberty and the common good, and the role of law and government policy in weaving the threads of the social fabric. Here are provocative insights from such distinguished voices as Joan McGregor, Patricia Smith, and Wade Robison, integrating many of the key issues in contemporary political and legal philosophy while representing viewpoints ranging from Rawlsian liberalism to communitarianism, libertarianism to republicanism. All of the contributors share a dedication to fundamental liberal values and advocate respect for others, but they pointedly disagree on the practical implications of such beliefs for political and legal policy. While not unconcerned with private morality, these essays primarily address public issues - largely in an American context - including economic, legal, and political policies.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700613144
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 472 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A timely and interesting collection of papers organized around three themes--civil virtue, toleration, and cultural fragmentation. While the essays articulate a variety of perspectives, the writers share both a commitment to liberal ideals, and a concern that civility and tolerance are decreasing. . . . This is a book that addresses a very current problem within liberal societies, as well as suggesting areas worthy of further exploration. It is a volume that would be of interest to those concerned with the state of liberal democracies, and with the theoretical and moral commitments that underpin them."--Philosophy in Review

"This work provides rhetorical scholars with a wealth of background material and several case studies on a wide range of controversial, contemporary issues."--Argumentation and Advocacy


"The discussions taken up by the contributors to this volume reach to the nature of civil society, the character of democracy, the relationship between the demands of individual liberty and those of the common good, and the role of law and government policy in weaving the fabric of a social whole."--from the Preface

"An extremely impressive volume integrated around issues at the core of many, if not most, debates in contemporary Anglo-American political and legal philosophy. It will undoubtedly be useful to scholars, teachers, and students working in philosophy, law, and political science."--David Ingram, author of Group Rights: Reconciling Equality and Difference

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