352 Pages, gebunden
Why politeness in the 21st century has nothing to do with etiquette
Politeness has a dubious reputation. Some consider it too formal, others think it has died out. What is its role in the 21st century? Is it all about the correct way to bow, or is there more to it? In his latest book, Rainer Erlinger approaches politeness from unexpected vantage points: politeness and religion, politeness and provocation, politeness and gender. He uses these perspectives, as well as wit, perspicacity, and countless examples from his experience as an ethics columnist, as well as from literature and films, to look closely at his subject: what is the value of such an apparently worthless virtue?
An insightful examination of what holds society together; as entertaining as it is inspiring.