David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (1):53 - 68 (2007)
Ambition is a curiously neglected topic in ethics. It isn’t that philosophers have not discussed it. Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Harrington, Locke, Rousseau, Smith, Santayana and a number of others have discussed ambition. But it has seldom received more than a few paragraphs worth of analysis, in spite of the fact that ambition plays a central role in Western politics (one cannot be elected without it), and in spite of the fact that Machiavelli, Harrington, Locke and Rousseau each considered it to be among the greatest threats to political security. The aim of this paper is to provide a long overdue analysis of ambition. The first part of the paper explores what ambition is. The second seeks to answer the question, “Is ambition a virtue or a vice?”.
|Keywords||ambition virtue vice|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Aristotle (2012). Nicomachean Ethics. Courier Dover Publications.
Alasdair C. MacIntyre (2007). After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory. University of Notre Dame Press.
Harry G. Frankfurt (2007). The Reasons of Love. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (2):463-475.
John Locke (2007). Second Treatise on Government. In Elizabeth Schmidt Radcliffe, Richard McCarty, Fritz Allhoff & Anand Vaidya (eds.), Late Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary. Blackwell Pub. Ltd.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Harvey Claflin Mansfield (1996). Machiavelli's Virtue. University of Chicago Press.
Richard Rorty (1993). Holism, Intrinsicality, and the Ambition of Transcendence. In B. Dahlbom (ed.), Dennett and His Critics. Blackwell 20--33.
Maurice William Cranston (1964). Western Political Philosophers. Chester Springs, Pa.,Dufour Editions.
Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (2008). Discrimination and the Aim of Proportional Representation. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 7 (2):159-182.
Adrian Haddock (2008). Danto's Dialectic. Philosophia 36 (4):483-493.
Derrick A. Bell (2002). Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth. Distributed by Holtzbrinck Publishers.
Maurizio Viroli (1988). Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the "Well-Ordered Society". Cambridge University Press.
Alexander Rosenberg (1988). Grievous Faults in Vaulting Ambition?:Vaulting Ambition: Sociobiology and the Quest for Human Nature. Philip Kitcher. Ethics 98 (4):827-.
Glen Pettigrove & Michael Meyer (2009). Moral Ambition. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (2):285-299.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads44 ( #95,201 of 1,907,035 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #200,048 of 1,907,035 )
How can I increase my downloads?