What is civility? Is it a comportment? A state of being? Can it be taught or learned? Does it require virtue, or is it a virtue in its own right? Is civility something that only the Western world is concerned with? In order to meaningfully address these questions, perhaps it is necessary that we take a very careful look at virtue ethics, which is one of the more compelling approaches in the realm of moral philosophy. As a result, this lecture will attempt to explore civility, as well as the previously aforementioned questions, by taking a look at both the Aristotelian and Confucian traditions. These two traditions, despite their respective evolutions taking place in relative states of temporal and geographic separation, truly are united in their pursuit to define what it means to be a flourishing human-being in a thriving community, shaped by moral cultivation. As such, Aristotle and Confucious both represent essential voices in any conversation about civility, deserving of serious consideration. All are invited to attend this lecture, as well as a brief Q&A afterwards.
* The Civility Week Student Activity Card enables students to earn raffle tickets for event attendance. Cards are available for pick-up in SLC-105, stamped at in-person events, and an honor system is used to self-stamp at remote live events. Cards should be returned to SLC-105 at the end of Civility Week. Raffle winners will be contacted via email to collect gift certificates and Brookdale gear!
Presented by Bryan Cocchiara, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy