The Economy of the Household

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:
The Economy of the Household

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This chapter analyzes the economy of Thomas Jefferson and Frank Lloyd Wright and the way it supported the virtues of their families, the virtues of friendship, wisdom, and grace. It argues that friendship is most within reach, wisdom less so, and grace is still more remote from our present habits. What grace needs most, though friendship and wisdom require it too, is the virtue of courage, not courage as reckless abandon or the fearless facing of dangers, rather more in the sense of steadfast persistence against comfort and convenience—the virtue that may better be called fortitude.

Keywords: Thomas Jefferson; Frank Lloyd Wright; friendship; wisdom; grace; courage; fortitude

Chapter.  5578 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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