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Seedbeds of virtue : sources of competence, character, and citizenship in American society

Author: Mary Ann Glendon; David Blankenhorn
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Madison Books : Distributed by National Book Network, ©1995.
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From Dan Quayle to Bill Clinton, Americans are increasingly alarmed by the crisis of values in our society. What are the roots of the crisis? What can be done to solve it? Putting aside the sterile, old categories of liberal versus conservative, this book forcefully argues for a new approach to social problems - an approach based on rediscovering civic virtue and strengthening the institutions of civil society.  Read more...
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Seedbeds of virtue.
Lanham, Md. : Madison Books : Distributed by National Book Network, c1995
(OCoLC)605051923
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Ann Glendon; David Blankenhorn
ISBN: 1568330464 9781568330464
OCLC Number: 32854350
Description: vii, 297 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Liberalism, modernism, and the good life / James Q. Wilson --
Liberal virtues and the formation of civic character / William A. Galston --
The Oldest virtue / Judith Martin --
The Roots of declining social virtue: family, community, and the need for a "natural communities policy" / David Popenoe --
Altruism, civic virtue, and religion / Don S. Browning --
Civic virtue at work: unions as seedbeds of the civic virtues / Thomas C. Kohler --
Social and natural ecologies: similarities and differences / Alan Wolfe --
Reinstitutionalizing virtue in civil society / William M. Sullivan --
The Difference of virtue and the difference it makes: courage exemplified / Stanley Hauerwas --
Ordinary virtue as heroism / J. Brian Benestad --
The Screwtape files: sources and conditions of anti-virtue / Jean Bethke Elshtain --
Conclusion: The Possibility of civil society.
Responsibility: edited by Mary Ann Glendon and David Blankenhorn.

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From Dan Quayle to Bill Clinton, Americans are increasingly alarmed by the crisis of values in our society. What are the roots of the crisis? What can be done to solve it? Putting aside the sterile, old categories of liberal versus conservative, this book forcefully argues for a new approach to social problems - an approach based on rediscovering civic virtue and strengthening the institutions of civil society. Bringing together prominent contributors from across the human sciences and across the political spectrum, Seedbeds of Virtue is a seminal contribution to the emerging debate on rebuilding civil society.

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