Essay on Civility

634 Words Dec 5th, 2014 3 Pages
Contemporary Moral Issues: (In) Civility as a Moral Issue
Our primary focus this semester is Civility, or lack thereof, as a moral issue. Though written centuries apart, the two books under review share a common base i.e. optimism for the betterment of society. Plato in The Republic speaks about the ideal virtues of the soul and Davetian goes on to tell us the current problems with American civility. I think what we can take from both readings is a sense that human intellect and virtue can and will ultimately lead us to a better society.
To fully understand the basic concepts of societal values that should be understood, and in turn followed, The Republic (Plato, Reprinted 1985) is an important piece of literature. Written almost as a
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He goes on to say societal laws act as a deterrent to unjust behaviour, not the virtues of the person. At the same time, it is stated a purely just person does so not for the reputation of being a just man, and if his intentions are pure, he will continue to persevere, even if his name is slandered. Therefore the conclusion is made that it is easier to be an unjust man than a just one, "Vice and injustice on the other hand are easy to learn and offer a profusion of pleasure.. injustice pays better than justice."

Works Cited

Davetian, B. (2014). Civility- A Cultural History. University of Toronto. Print.
Piccoli, S. (2013). Retrieved from Web.
Plato, T. b. Sterling, Richard W., Scott, William C. (Reprinted 1985). The Republic. New York. Print.

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