Picture a civil, tolerant society. Perhaps you imagine diverse people holding hands, swaying and singing “Kumbaya,” or simply see people ignoring disagreement and peacefully going about their own business. But a brief glimpse at history will assure you that diverse societies aren’t like that, have never been like that, and probably never will be. With some colorful language, political theorist Teresa Bejan provides insight for people who want to cultivate civility within diverse societies without surrendering their religious, political or cultural views.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why talk about civility is often uncivil,
- How tolerant societies handle disagreement and
- What the word “civility” truly means.
About the Speaker
Teresa Bejan is an associate professor of political theory at the University of Oxford. She wrote Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration.