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The Wrong of Rudeness: Learning Modern Civility from Ancient Chinese Philosophy

Amy Olberding


Being rude is often more gratifying and enjoyable than being polite. Likewise, rudeness can be a more accurate and powerful reflection of how I feel and think. This is especially true in a political environment that can make being polite seem foolish or naive. Civility and ordinary politeness are linked both to big values, such as respect and consideration, and to the fundamentally social nature of human beings. This book explores the powerful temptations to incivility and rudeness, but argues that they should generally be resisted. Drawing on early Chinese philosophers who lived during great ... More

Keywords: manners, civility, etiquette, rudeness, Confucius, Xunzi, Confucianism, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190880965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190880965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Olberding, author
Presidential Professor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma