Modesty as Kindness

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Abstract

The trait of modesty has received significant philosophical attention in recent years. This is due, in part, to Julia Driver’s claim that modesty is able to act as a counter-example to intellectualist accounts of the nature of virtue. In this paper I engage with the debate about the nature of modesty by proposing a new account. ‘Modesty as kindness’ states that the trait of modesty ought to be considered as intimately connected with the more fundamental virtue of kindness. I set out the account, explain its benefits and defend it against possible objections. I then ask whether or not the intense focus on the trait of modesty has actually furthered our understanding of the nature of virtue more generally, and suggest that alternative approaches ought to be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-88
Number of pages16
JournalRatio
Volume29
Issue number1
Early online date12 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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