Civility and Community, Dr. Brian Schrag
  • List: $11.95  |  Sale: $8.36
    Club: $5.97
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

Civility and Community

Author: Dr. Brian Schrag

Series: The Morality in Our Age Series

Narrator: Cliff Robertson and Robert Guillaume

Unabridged: 2 hr 59 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 05/03/2006

Genre: History

Synopsis

Civility, which comes to us from the Latin word for citizen, includes not only the notions of courtesy and politeness, but also such matters as social relationships and proper conduct in human relationships. For some, civility is the essential glue that holds society together, and it involves such important issues as friendship, altruism, responsibility, dignity, and justice. Aristotle saw civility as a form of friendship, which he understood as a mutual feeling of good will. Aristotle believed that humans are capable of promoting another persons interest without regard for our own, and he ranked friendships according to their degree of intimacy and commitment. Character friendship may be purely selfless; advantage friendship is a mixture of selfinterest with perhaps some altruism, and this is the basis of civil interaction. By contrast, Thomas Hobbes believed that humans are incapable of sympathy with the interests of others; he said that we are ultimately motivated by selfinterest in all of our acts. But recent experiments and theoretical developments have supported the view of David Hume, who believed that humans are naturally sympathetic, with our benevolence (or willingness to act selflessly) guided by such things as reason and custom. Amid many wrenching claims that todays society is marked by lawlessness and a collapse of moral values, its important to reduce sweeping historical generalizations to specific comparisons of time and place. Colonial America, for example, was viewed in retrospect as a coarse age by the more proper nineteenthcentury Americans yet these same nineteenthcentury Americans exhibited a great deal of intolerance, and they experienced lawlessness especially in mob violence (e.g. lynchings). In general, specific historical comparison, makes it clear that lawlessness, intolerance, and standards of decorum tend to fluctuate in complex and interdependent ways. Modern American society is marked by a high degree of mobility, a decline in voluntary civic activities, and an emphasis on rights (i.e. what others owe me). The result is rootlessness and detachment from family and friends. Higher crime rates, chiefly among youth, show a strong statistical correlation with lack of selfcontrol. And moral disputes are often marked by dogmatism, the inability or unwillingness to see the moral force behind another point of view. In response, the possibilities for improvement include (1) reinvigorating our civic associations, (2) developing and inculcating selfcontrol, and (3) demanding higher levels of mutual respect and tolerance in the way we speak to and treat one another.

Recommended

Adams vs. Jefferson The Tumultuous Election of 1800, John Ferling
Adams vs. Jefferson
by John Ferling

List: $24.99

Sale: $17.50

Club: $12.49

Narrator: Jack Garrett
Published: 01/14/2008

The Library Book, Susan Orlean
The Library Book
by Susan Orlean

List: $23.99

Sale: $16.79

Club: $11.99

Narrator: Susan Orlean
Published: 10/16/2018

The Great Bridge The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, David McCullough
The Great Bridge
by David McCullough

List: $49.99

Sale: $35.00

Club: $24.99

Narrator: Nelson Runger,Edward Herrmann
Published: 05/15/2012

Band of Brothers E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, Stephen E. Ambrose
Band of Brothers
by Stephen E. Ambrose

List: $29.99

Sale: $21.00

Club: $14.99

Narrator: Tim Jerome,Cotter Smith
Published: 02/21/2012

Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots, and Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History, Michael Farquhar
Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Ameri...
by Michael Farquhar

List: $24.99

Sale: $17.50

Club: $12.49

Narrator: Johnny Heller
Published: 05/23/2008

D-Day June 6, 1944 ? The Climactic Battle of WWII, Stephen E. Ambrose
D-Day
by Stephen E. Ambrose

List: $34.95

Sale: $24.47

Club: $17.47

Narrator: Jesse Boggs
Published: 11/06/2012

The Crusades The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge
The Crusades
by Thomas Asbridge

List: $48.99

Sale: $34.30

Club: $24.49

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Published: 08/16/2016

Rebel Yell The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, S. C.  Gwynne
Rebel Yell
by S. C. Gwynne

List: $34.99

Sale: $24.50

Club: $17.49

Narrator: Cotter Smith
Published: 09/30/2014

The Warmth of Other Suns The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson

List: $17.99

Sale: $12.59

Club: $8.99

Narrator: Robin Miles
Published: 03/01/2011

The Morality in Our Age Series Bundle

Get 5% off your total order by adding 3 or more audiobooks from The Morality in Our Age Series

Civility and Community, Dr. Brian Schrag
Drugs and Alcohol, Dr. Rod L. Evans
Human Rights and Civil Rights, Dr. John Arthur

Civility and Community
The Morality in Our Age Series

Drugs and Alcohol
The Morality in Our Age Series

Human Rights and Civil Rights
The Morality in Our Age Series



Or Choose Any 3 Audiobooks From This Series >
{"id":"100804","ean":"9781433238758","abr":"Unabridged","title":"Civility and Community","subtitle":"","author":"Dr. Brian Schrag","rating_average":"0","narrator":"Cliff Robertson and Robert Guillaume","series_id":"2101","ubr_id":"100804","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"11.95","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"7.77","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Cliff Robertson and Robert Guillaume","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 1 hr 20 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}