Modesty as a Virtue of Attention

Philosophical Review 122 (1):93-117 (2013)

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Nicolas Bommarito
State University of New York, Buffalo
Abstract
The contemporary discussion of modesty has focused on whether or not modest people are accurate about their own good qualities. This essay argues that this way of framing the debate is unhelpful and offers examples to show that neither ignorance nor accuracy about the good qualities related to oneself is necessary for modesty. It then offers an attention-based account, claiming that what is necessary for modesty is to direct one’s attention in certain ways. By analyzing modesty in this way, we can best explain the distinct features of modesty, keep much of what is intuitive in contemporary accounts, and better understand why modesty is a virtue at all
Keywords modesty  virtue  attention  virtue ethics  ethics  ignorance  humility
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DOI 10.1215/00318108-1728723
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