Amy Olberding, President's Associates Presidential Professor, University of Oklahoma will give the Gail Caldwell Stine Lecture, ”The Troubles and Temptations of Righteous Incivility”.
The motivations for being uncivil are many, but in some cases, we want to be uncivil because we think it is morally better than being civil. Being rude or uncivil can be a way to morally protest a state of affairs, to assert community or personal moral standards, or to sound a social alarm about ills and injustices. In short, we can be rude because we think it righteous. But I want to consider how difficult it can be to tell when one’s own rudeness really is righteous and whether rudeness serves a righteous end. There are no crisp or tidy answers here, but I argue that righteous incivility is far more complicated than we tend recognize and thus we should be more cautious with it. Amy Olberding is Presidential Professor of Philosophy at University of Oklahoma. Her work focuses on early Confucian ethics and is especially focused on everyday moral issues and prosaic human concerns. She is the author of The Wrong of Rudeness (Oxford 2019) and Moral Exemplars in the Analects (Routledge 2011), as well as several journal articles and book chapters.
Wednesday, February 19 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm