Canadian Journal of Philosophy 39 (3):pp. 371-398 (2009)

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Vanessa Carbonell
University of Cincinnati
Abstract
Susan Wolf famously claimed that the life of the moral saint is unattractive from the “point of view of individual perfection.” I argue, however, that the unattractive moral saints in Wolf’s account are self-defeating on two levels, are motivated in the wrong way, and are called into question by real-life counter-examples. By appealing to a real-life case study, I argue that the best life from the moral point of view is not necessarily unattractive from the individual point of view.
Keywords moral sainthood  moral saints  Susan Wolf  character traits  de dicto desires  psychological realism  humor
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DOI 10.1353/cjp.0.0057
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