标题（title）：Humility, Pride, and Christian Virtue Theory
出版社（publisher）：Oxford University Press
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This book proposes an account of humility that relies on the most radical Christian sayings about humility, especially those found in Augustine and the early monastic tradition. It argues that this was the view of humility that put Christian moral thought into decisive conflict with the best Greco-Roman moral thought. This radical Christian account of humility has been forgotten amid contemporary efforts to clarify and retrieve the virtue of humility for secular life. The book shows how humility was repurposed during the early modern era—particularly in the thought of Hobbes, Hume, and Kant—better to serve the economic and social needs of the emerging modern state. This repurposed humility insisted on a role for proper pride alongside humility, as a necessary constituent of self-esteem and a necessary motive of consistent moral action over time. Contemporary philosophical accounts of humility continue this emphasis on proper pride as a counterbalance to humility. By contrast, radical Christian humility proscribes pride altogether. The book shows how such a radical view need not give rise to vices of humility such as servility and pusillanimity, nor need such a view fall prey to feminist critiques of humility. But the view of humility set forth makes little sense abstracted from a specific set of doctrinal commitments peculiar to Christianity. The book argues that this is a strength rather than a weakness of the account since it displays how Christianity matters for the shape of the moral life.
Keywords: humility, virtue, virtue ethics, pride, proper pride, asceticism, feminism, Augustine, Hume, Kant, ty
Table of contents :
Introduction: To Go Against Self1: Forgetting Christian Humility2: Remembering Christian Humility3: Mundane Humility4: Radical Christian Humility5: Humility's Destiny6: Humility and its Discontents7: Becoming HumbleConclusion: The Task of Christian Virtue TheoryReferences