Manners, Morals and the The Etiquette of Democracy
Stephen L. Carter
"Carter not only defends the legitimacy of religious argument but provides an impressive example of how a believer may engage in civil debate with fellow citizens who do not share his faith… Stephen L. Carter one of America's leading public intellectuals." —New York Times Book Review
"Part theology, part ethics, part political science… A thoughtful and provocative book."– Publishers Weekly
"Carter's passionate plea for the 'we' over the 'me' is most welcome and constructive… Such honesty is rare from an American scholar today." —Chicago Tribune
"Civility, Stephen Carter reminds us, matters. Its foundations is in the heart and in our love and respect for our fellow human beings. Our institutions, culture, communities, and country cannot long survive the loss of this basic and essential ingredient of civilization. Nor can any of us." –Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund
"Perceptive, insightful, erudite, timely, and yet profound–books just do not come any better." –Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule
"Stephen Carter has become one of the most provocative analysts of American life since de Tocqueville, and one of the easiest to read. Civility will raise hackles, but always with civility. It's the rare writer who makes you like him even when you disagree. Stephen Carter is a rare writer." –John Cardinal O'Connor, archbishop of New York
Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University.
Born in 1954 in Washington, D.C., Professor Carter was educated in the public schools of New York City, Washington, and Ithaca, New York. In 1976 he received his bachelor's degree with honors from Stanford University, where he majored in history, and in 1979 he received his law degree from the Yale Law School.
Following his graduation from law school, Professor Carter served as law clerk to Judge Spottswood W. Robinson III of the United States Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., and, the next year, as law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States. After practicing law for a year, Professor Carter joined the Yale faculty in 1982. Three years later, he became one of the youngest members of the faculty ever voted tenure.
His critically acclaimed books include The Culture of Disbelief and Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby. His most recent work is Civility, the sequel to Integrity. Professor Carter lives with his family in Connecticut.
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