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Citizenship, Civic Friendship and Duty





ISBN 9780367582524
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
276 Pages

 
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Virtues in the Public Sphere features seventeen chapters by experts from a variety of different perspectives on the broad theme of virtue in the public sphere. Spanning issues such as the notion of civic friendship and civic virtue, it sheds light on the role that these virtues play in the public sphere and their importance in safeguarding communities from the threats of a lack of concern for truth, poor leadership, charlatanism, and bigotry. This book highlights the theoretical complexity of putting virtue ethics into practice in the public domain at a time when it has been shaken by unpredictable political, social, technological, and cultural developments.





With contributions from internationally acclaimed scholars in the fields of philosophy, psychology, sociology, and education, this book highlights the main issues, both theoretical and practical, of putting virtue ethics into practice in the public domain. Split into three sections – "Virtues and vices in the public sphere", "Civic friendship and virtue", and "Perspectives on virtue and the public sphere" – the chapters offer a timely commentary on the roles that virtues have to play in the public sphere.





This timely book will be of great interest to researchers, academics, and post-graduate students in the fields of education, character and virtue studies, and will also appeal to practitioners.

Table of Contents

Contributors



Foreword: Lord James O’Shaughnessy

Introduction: James Arthur



Section 1 Virtues and Vices in the Public Sphere



Chapter 1: Virtue against sovereignty – John Milbank



Chapter 2: Reducing Arrogance in Public Debate – Alessandra Tanesini



Chapter 3: Moral Education, Skills of Civility, and Virtue in the Public Sphere – Jonathan Jacobs



Chapter 4: Vice, Public Good, and Personal Misery – Jonny Robinson



Chapter 5: Patience, Temperance, and Politics – Kathryn Phillips





Section 2 Civic Friendship and Virtue



Chapter 6: Is There a Plausible Moral Psychology for Civic Friendship? – Blaine J. Fowers



Chapter 7: Populism and the Fate of Civic Friendship – Randall Curren



Chapter 8: Education for Living Together in a Diverse UK: A Role for Civic Friendship, Concord and Deliberation? – Andrew Peterson



Chapter 9: Resilience and Hope as a Democratic Civic Virtue – Nancy E. Snow



Chapter 10: Trust as a Public Virtue – Warren J. von Eschenbach



Chapter 11: Virtue, Education, and Political Leadership in Plato’s Laws – Mark Jonas



Chapter 12: Rethinking Self-interest and the Public Good – Mary Elliot and Jeffery S. Dill



Chapter 13: Fostering Purpose as a Way of Cultivating Civic Friendship – Kendall Cotton Bronk and Rachel Baumsteiger





Section 3 Perspectives on Virtue and the Public Sphere



Chapter 14: Responding to Discord: Why Public Reason is not Enough – John Haldane



Chapter 15: Designing for Dialogue: Developing Virtue Through Public Discourse – Harry H. Jones IV



Chapter 16: Virtù revisited – Edward Skidelsky



Chapter 17: Democratic change and ‘the referendum effect’ in the UK: reasserting the good of political participation – Joseph Ward







Concluding Remarks: James Arthur

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Biography

James Arthur is Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor and Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham.