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TED Talks: Season 2018

2018x328 Teresa Bejan: Is civility a sham?
TV-PG

  • 2018-11-14T05:00:00Z on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

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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