Civic Education and Balancing the Demands of Civility

Lecture by Professor William Keith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Civic education in a modern democracy is essentially a kind of rhetorical education, in the kind of discourse both effective and suitable to a multi-media democracy.  Since this discourse also constitutes the democracy itself, we have to ask hard questions about the norms we will teach, and how various norms -- civility, openness, inclusiveness, tolerance, resistance to authority -- can be balanced with each other.  In this lecture I will argue that civility, rightly understood, is a master rhetorical virtue which can guide the application of the others.

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