Admiration and the Development of Moral Virtue

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In this paper, I examine one intuitively appealing proposal concerning virtue development – the idea that the path to moral virtue can begin with the experience of admiration for a moral exemplar. My aim is to provide a model of how this process might work by identifying the different stages that it would involve. I then highlight three ways in which admiration might nevertheless fail to result in the development of moral virtue. It is hoped that providing this model, and highlighting these problems, will be helpful for those interested in encouraging virtue development. With this in mind, I also provide a brief discussion of admiration in the context of virtue education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Moral Psychology of Admiration
EditorsAndre Grahle, Alfred Archer
PublisherRowman and Littlefield
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78660-769-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-78660-768-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

Publication series

NameMoral Psychology of the Emotions
PublisherRowman & Littlefield


  • Admiration
  • Virtue
  • Virtue education
  • Moral psychology


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