Humility, Kantian style

Authored by: Jeanine Grenberg

The Handbook of Virtue Ethics

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9781844656394
eBook ISBN: 9781315729053
Adobe ISBN: 9781317544777


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Had [George Washington] been merely humble, he would probably have shrunk back irresolute, afraid of trusting to himself the direction of an enterprise, on which so much depended.

Mary Wollstonecraft (1996: 124)

|[H]umility … and the whole train of the monkish virtues; for what reason are they everywhere rejected by men of sense, but because they serve to no manner of purpose …? We justly, therefore, transfer them to the opposite column, and place them in the catalogue of vices.

David Hume (1994: 219, 270)

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