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Liberality and Benevolence (NE IV.1)

Howard J. Curzer

in Aristotle and the Virtues

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693726
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738890 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693726.003.0004
Liberality and Benevolence (NE IV.1)

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Contrary to popular belief, liberality does not concern all aspects of money-management: it concerns only the making of donations to others. Accepting gifts, earning, and spending are governed by liberality only insofar as they contribute to gift-giving. The sphere of liberality comprehends only situations in which helping others economically is an issue. Just as courage requires feeling and thinking appropriately about both fear and confidence, so liberality requires not only a proper valuation of, and desire for monetary goods, but also a proper understanding of, and desire to help other people.

Keywords: liberality; beneficence; helping others; wealth; spending; giving; earning; accepting gifts

Chapter.  13397 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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