The Greatness of Humility Paperback

St Augustine on Moral Excellence

by Joseph J. McInerney;

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The Greatness of Humility

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The jury is out on the virtue of humility. Most people find humility a more attractive character trait in others than its opposites of pride and arrogance. Yet many philosophers, be they ancient or modern, find little value in humility as a virtue. For the Aristotelian moral tradition, humility is an impediment to greatness. Modern philosophers take this sentiment further, asserting that humility is a sham virtue that leads to unhappiness and human debasement. The Christian intellectual tradition, however, provides a contrast to these negative appraisals of humility. St. Augustine of Hippo is an eloquent and robust proponent of humility's value. Unlike the thinkers of the classical and modern philosophic traditions, Augustine asserts that humility is not only a significant virtue; it is the indispensable foundation of human greatness. The Greatness of Humility traces how Augustine makes his argument regarding the importance of humility and shows how his position measures up to those of his philosophical rivals.

The Greatness of Humility by Joseph J. McInerney was published by James Clarke & Co Ltd in June 2016. The ISBN for The Greatness of Humility is 9780227176009.

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Details for The Greatness of Humility

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherJames Clarke & Co Ltd (June 2016)
Number of Pages208
Thickness11 mm
Height229 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code4376068
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