This book examines the concept of civility and the conditions of civil disagreement in politics and education. Although many assume that civility is merely polite behavior, it functions to aid rational discourse. Building on this basic assumption, the book offers multiple accounts of civility and its contribution to citizenship, deliberative democracy, and education from Eastern and Western as well as classic and modern perspectives. Given that civility is essential to all aspects of public life, it is important to address how civility may be taught. While much of the book is theoretical, contributors also apply theory to practice, offering concrete methods for teaching civility at the high school and collegiate levels.
Preface Jim Leach Introduction Wade L. Robison and Deborah S. Mower I. The Problems of Civility and Incivility 1. Incivility as a Tragedy of the Commons Mark Kingwell 2. Epistemic Peers and Civil Disagreement Kristin Schaupp 3. Debunking Three Myths about Civility Timothy Shiell II. Accounts of Civility 4. Communication and Ordinary Civility Megan Laverty 5. An Aristotelian Account of Civility Howard Curzer 6. Civility and Magnanimity Andrew Terjesen III. Expanding Accounts 7. Civility Filial Piety as a Tool for Civility: The Confucian Project Kam-Por Yu 8. Confucianism and Global Civility Steve Angle 9. Civility as a Condition of Citizenship Alan Tomhave 10. Civility, Impartiality, and Cosmopolitanism Laura Arcila Villa IV. Teaching Civility 11. Civility and Education Harry Brighouse 12. Teaching Civility for Democratic Deliberation Robert F. Ladenson 13. Civility as Critical Thinking Jeff Buechner 14. Competition in the Classroom Paul Gaffney