The Dalhousie Review 81 (3) (2001)

Anthony Cunningham
St. John's University, College of St. Benedict
Modesty is sometimes understood in terms of ignorance and underestimation (one simply doesn't realize how good one really is), a keen awareness of one's relative imperfections (one can always be better), a preoccupation with moral equality (our humanity matters most), or a disinterest in any personal credit for one's attributes or accomplishments (only the work or the cause matters). I point to serious problems with each of these accounts of modesty and I suggest a different understanding of modesty as a virtue.
Keywords Modesty  Humility  Virtue
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