Community and Virtue

Lawrence Blum

in How Should One Live?

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198752349
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597251 | DOI:
 Community and Virtue

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Distinguishes several different kinds of connection between community and virtue—sustaining, content providing, agency constituting, worth defining, and others—using as a reference point MacIntyre's Is Patriotism a Virtue?A detailed exploration of the example of Le Chambon, a French Protestant village that sheltered many Jews during the Nazi occupation, illustrates these connections. The concept of ‘supererogation’ masks how communities can sustain virtue in its members.

Keywords: community; Le Chambon; MacIntyre; supererogation; virtue; virtue ethics

Chapter.  8896 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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