Rainer Erlinger


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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.

About Rainer Erlinger

Rainer Erlinger, born in 1965, is a doctor and a lawyer. Following his work as a research fellow, he now works as a publisher, particularly in the field of ethics. S. Fischer Verlag most recently published: Höflichkeit. Vom Wert einer wertlosen Tugend (2016), Moral. Wie man richtig gut lebt (2012), as well as with Fischer Taschenbuch: Gewissensbisse. Antworten auf moralische Fragen des Alltags (2011) und Nachdenken über Moral. Gewissensfragen auf den Grund gegangen (2012) und Darf man Eltern sagen, dass ihre Kinder nerven? und andere Gewissensfragen aus dem Alltag (2016).

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