The Cultivation of Citizenship

Public Morality, Civic Virtue, and the Problem of Modern Liberalism, T. William Boxx and Gary M. Quinlivan, eds. (Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000), reprinted in Citizens and Statesmen: An Annual Review of Political Theory and Public Life, James R. Harrigan, ed. (2006).

Liberalism, the central political philosophy of American and Western society, is a philosophy based on human freedom, equality, and the natural rights of individuals. Yet liberalism needs character-forming influences if it is to succeed. In light of the growing apprehension about moral decline, civic strife, and basic incivility, this brilliant volume explores the question of how the public morality and civic virtue upon which our liberal democratic society depends, and which seems in short supply, can again be rejuvenated and sustained.

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