Mere civility disagreement and the limits of toleration teresa m bejan on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers today politicians and intellectuals warn that we face a crisis of civility and a veritable war of words polluting our public sphere in liberal democracies committed to tolerating diversity as well as active. In liberal democracies committed to tolerating diversity as well as disagreement the loss of civility in the public sphere seems critical but is civility really a virtue or a demand for conformity that silences dissent teresa bejan looks at early modern debates about religious toleration for answers about what a civil society should look like. Mere civility disagreement and the limits of toleration teresa m bejan cambridge harvard university press 2017 272 pp mere civility s thoroughly researched and eloquently argued central chapters describe three seventeenth century approaches to religious toleration and the regulation of public speech. Mere civility considers civilitarianism this complex well written book delves into the history involving three views of civil speech brought to us by the lesser known radical preacher roger williams who founded providence ri plantations in 1636. She is the author of mere civility disagreement and the limits of toleration published in 2017 by harvard university press and her work has also appeared in a variety of edited volumes and journals including the journal of politics review of politics and history of political thought her phd thesis at yale university was awarded the
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