The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves

The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves

by Alexandra Hudson
The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves

The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves

by Alexandra Hudson


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Alexandra Hudson, daughter of the "Manners Lady," was raised to respect others. But as she grew up, Hudson discovered a difference between politeness—a superficial appearance of good manners—and true civility. In this timely book, Hudson sheds light on how civility can help bridge our political divide.

From classical philosophers like Epictetus, to great twentieth-century thinkers like Martin Luther King Jr., to her own experience working in the federal government during one of the most politically fraught eras in our nation's history, Hudson examines how civility—a respect for the personhood and dignity of others—transcends political disagreements. Respecting someone means valuing them enough to tell them when you think they are wrong.

It’s easy to look at the divided state of the world and blame our leaders, the media, or our education system. Instead, we should focus on what we can control: ourselves. The Soul of Civility empowers readers to live tolerantly with others despite deep differences, and to rigorously protest wrongs and debate issues rather than silencing disagreements. A robust public discourse is essential to a truly civil society, and respecting others means telling hard truths. If enough of us decide to change ourselves, we might be able to change the world we live in, too.

Provocative, personal, and acutely relevant, The Soul of Civility is an essential book for our era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250277787
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/10/2023
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 117,796
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

ALEXANDRA HUDSON is a writer, popular speaker, and the founder of Civic Renaissance, a publication and intellectual community dedicated to beauty, goodness and truth. She was named the 2020 Novak Journalism Fellow, and contributes to Fox News, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME Magazine, POLITICO Magazine, and Newsweek. She earned a master's degree in public policy at the London School of Economics as a Rotary Scholar, and is an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. She is also the creator of a series for The Teaching Company called Storytelling and The Human Condition, now available for streaming. She lives in Indianapolis, IN with her husband and children.

Table of Contents

PART I: Overview of the problem


Chapter 1: The timeless problem

Chapter 2: The timeless solution

PART II: Arguments for civility

Chapter 3: Civility and integrity

Chapter 4: Civility, freedom, democracy and human flourishing

Chapter 5: Civility and civil society

Chapter 6: Civility and equality

Chapter 7: Civility and civil disobedience

Chapter 8: Civility, polarization, and tolerance

Chapter 9: Civility and citizenship in a digital, technological age

PART III: Civility in practice

Chapter 10: Civility and hospitality

Chapter 11: Civility and education

Chapter 12: Conclusion

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