What Can We Do? An American Renaissance Predicated on Communicative Idealism View Full Text


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DATE

2017

AUTHORS

Robert E. Denton , Benjamin Voth

ABSTRACT

This chapter suggests that despite the adverse and severe attacks on our civic foundations, an era of renewal and political renaissance is possible. Historically, America has overcome worse instances of incivility, and all past predictions of imminent demise have proven false thus far. An ethic of communication idealism can take hold and reverse the spiral of cynicism dominating our politics. Communicative idealism is the practical ability of human beings to end strategic silences that enable and encourage human harm. Discursive complexity is the capacity of an individual, group, or society to consider and entertain multiple points of view. Open-mindedness allows us to be creative and consider alternatives and can lift humanity out of despair and harm. Cynicism is its own worst enemy. More... »

PAGES

151-167

Book

TITLE

Social Fragmentation and the Decline of American Democracy

ISBN

978-3-319-43921-1
978-3-319-43922-8

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