1st Edition

Virtues in the Public Sphere Citizenship, Civic Friendship and Duty

Edited By James Arthur Copyright 2019
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


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