Personal Virtues

Albert Borgmann

in Real American Ethics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066349
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066356 | DOI:
Personal Virtues

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This chapter analyzes personal virtues of wisdom, courage, friendship, economy, and grace. It suggests that wisdom has fallen on hard times because the order of reality and the life of the spirit have dissolved, while courage has declined because the hardness of reality and the life of daring have softened. Like wisdom, courage needs a certain context and specific challenges to prosper. Marriage is viewed as the exemplar of friendship, and that just as wisdom suffered from the disappearance of the cosmic order and courage from the lightness of being, so marriage has suffered from affluence. Economy is discussed as the art and virtue of householding. The good life also needs to be full of grace, whether secular or religious.

Keywords: wisdom; courage; friendship; economy; grace; good life; householding

Chapter.  10069 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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