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Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan

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Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan

Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan

What exactly is civility, and what does it require?

In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility has been used as both the foundation of tolerant societies and as a way for political partisans to silence and dismiss opposing views.

Bejan suggests that we should instead try for "mere civility": the virtue of being able to disagree fundamentally with others without destroying the possibility of a common life tomorrow.

(This talk contains mature language.)

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