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Is Polite Philosophical Discussion Possible?

It is a big part of moral behavior in ordinary situations not to kill people. Yet the morally healthy inhibition against killing people has to be lost, of necessity, in war—even in a morally justified war. It is a big part of politeness—not in the sense of using the right fork, but in the sense of civility—in ordinary situations not to tell another person that she is wrong and misguided about something she cares a lot about, or that she cares about being right about. For brevity’s sake, let’s just say it’s a big part of politeness or civility not to correct people. Yet the civilized inhibition against correcting people has to be lost, of necessity, in a philosophical argument.
Is Polite Philosophical Discussion Possible?
posted by y2karl on Jun 27, 2016 - 52 comments

How to Be Polite

How to Be Polite
posted by keli on Aug 15, 2014 - 160 comments

Trying To Be Nice

A recent survey found that nice people are paid less. But as one Times reporter found, politeness can be its own reward.
posted by nam3d on Jul 25, 2009 - 37 comments

No chance for MeFites

Want to fly free? Song may accommodate you. All you have to do is be nice.
posted by mr_crash_davis on May 19, 2004 - 5 comments

Ever wanted to learn Japanese?

Ever wanted to learn Japanese? "The bottom line is that Politeness Levels are completely beyond your understanding, so don't even try. Just resign yourself to talking like a little girl for the rest of your life and hope to God that no one beats you up."
posted by skallas on Sep 20, 2001 - 48 comments

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