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401 W Brooks St

Norman, OK 73019

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"Righteous Incivility and the Near Enemy"

by Amy Olberding, Ph.D.
President's Associates Presidential Professor
Philosophy & Women’s and Gender Studies
The University of Oklahoma

Complimentary lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. Please register by November 26th.


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While civility is a virtue, we nonetheless often also allow the possibility that incivility can be righteous. That is, we may sometimes choose to behave uncivilly because we think it morally better than civility. Indeed, we have much informal popular rhetoric that valorizes incivility and the purportedly righteously uncivil person. In this talk, I focus on our popular rhetoric and how it can promote counterfeits of “righteous incivility,” inclining us to find ourselves righteous far more often than we are likely to be. My concern throughout is with how popular rhetoric surrounding purportedly righteous incivility can afford cover and justification for social dominance and arrogance.


About Dr. Olberding

Dr. Amy Olberding is Presidential Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies. She principally works in early Confucian ethics and is currently writing a book on civility and good manners.

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