Noted scholar and activist Don Eberly details the history, achievements, and goals of the civil society movement. He demonstrates why civil society is crucial to the preservation of democratic values and institutions, and he explains why the concern over America's moral decay must be our major priority. Our society, argues Eberly, cannot thrive, and perhaps cannot survive, without strong social institutions, a vibrant moral order, and an active, intellectual grass roots dimension.
Don E. Eberly is the director of the Civil Society Project, a national initiative advancing ideas to strengthen America's social institutions and community life. He is the editor of many books, including The Content of America's Character: The Recovery of Civic Virtue. Eberly is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values, and founder of the National Fatherhood Initiative. He lives in Lancaster, PA.
Chapter 1 Civil Society: A New Solution Chapter 2 The Movement Chapter 3 Social Institutions; Social Regression Chapter 4 Civil Society and the Welfare State; Community Building and Civic Engagement Chapter 5 Renewing the Public Realm: Public Space and Democratic Deliberation Chapter 6 Cultural Cleanup: Manners and Remoralization Chapter 7 Recovering Individual Character and Ethics Chapter 8 Toward a New Public Philosophy: Common Ground and the Common Good Chapter 9 Civitas Limited: The Limitations of Civil Society Chapter 10 The Fragility of Civil Society Chapter 11 Civil Society Plus: America's Civic and Transcendent Creeds Chapter 12 Toward Moral Realism and Republican Character Chapter 13 A Call to Civil Society: Why Democracy Needs Moral Truths