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Civility and Its Discontents: Civic Virtue, Toleration, and Cultural Fragmentation [Paperback]

Christine T. Sistare

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Book Description

June 14 2004
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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas (June 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700613145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700613144
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g

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"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."

About the Author

Christine T. Sistare is associate professor of philosophy at Muhlenberg College, where she was founding director of the Muhlenberg Center of Ethics. Her previous books include Groups and Group Rights, also published by Kansas, and Responsibility and Criminal Liability.

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