Lectures & Interviews

Is Civility a Sham?
TED Salon Talk, November 2018
The Open Mind
The Value of Disagreements and Limits of Intolerance
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Two Concepts of Freedom (of Speech)
American Philosophical Society, April 2018

What does it mean to be civil in conversation with others? Is it always a virtue? Teresa Bejan, author of Mere Civility, discusses this topic and its long history in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

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Part 1 - Early American Religion
Part 2 - Civility and Tone Policing

We enter the early modern age with an expert opinion featuring Teresa Bejan, associate professor at Oriel College, Oxford University and author of “Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration.” In this episode, Jacob and Teresa will discuss political thought on tolerance and the limits of religious speech in early modern England and colonial America. The episode investigates the writings of intellectual rock stars John Milton, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke and the less famous but hugely relevant Roger Williams.