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ARISTOTLE’S VIRTUES OF GREATNESS

DANIEL C. RUSSELL

in Virtue and Happiness: Essays in Honour of Julia Annas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199646043
eISBN:
9780191743368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646043.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the Aristotelian virtues of ‘magnificence’ and ‘magnanimity,’ rejecting the popular view that here Aristotle reveals a conception of the virtues as seemly qualities of members ... More


The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity

Sophia Vasalou (ed.)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198840688
eISBN:
9780191882654
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840688.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Magnanimity is a virtue that has led many lives. Foregrounded early on by Plato as the philosophical virtue par excellence, it became one of the crown jewels in Aristotle’s account of human ... More


Warburgian Image Practices

David L. Marshall

in The Weimar Origins of Rhetorical Inquiry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226722214
eISBN:
9780226722351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226722351.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

The Weimar Origins of Rhetorical Inquiry shows how we can re-read German intellectual culture between 1918 and 1933 when we have a rich sense of a tradition of thought that scholars of the Weimar ... More


The Exemplary Life of René Descartes

Steven B. Smith

in Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300198393
eISBN:
9780300220988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300198393.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

If Machiavelli is the founder of modern politics, Descartes is the founder of modern philosophy even though the nature of his modernity is often misunderstood. This chapter examines Descartes’s ... More


History: Magnanimity after Wars

Steven J. Brams

in Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015226
eISBN:
9780262295932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015226.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Econometrics

This chapter begins by explaining the magnanimity of a victor—or the lack thereof—in its treatment of the defeated side after a war. By defining a generic Magnanimity Game (MG), it suggests a general ... More


Incomplete Information in Literature and History

Steven J. Brams

in Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015226
eISBN:
9780262295932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015226.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Econometrics

This chapter focuses on the incomplete information that players may have about each other’s preferences, which may induce them to try to seek out additional information, misperceive an opponent’s ... More


Stoic Magnanimity

Christopher Gill

in The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198840688
eISBN:
9780191882654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840688.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The Stoic treatment of magnanimity was formulated independently from Aristotle’s, though there are points of resemblance, considered at the end of this chapter. In early Stoic thought, magnanimity is ... More


Magnanimity, Christian Ethics, and Paganism in the Latin Middle Ages

John Marenbon

in The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198840688
eISBN:
9780191882654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840688.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Magnanimity, especially as discussed by Aristotle, might seem to be one of the pagan virtues that would have been difficult to assimilate into a Christian ethical scheme. In fact, from the Fathers ... More


Cartesian Générosité and Its Antecedents

Michael Moriarty

in The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198840688
eISBN:
9780191882654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840688.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The chapter contains an exposition of Descartes’s ethics, the keystone of which is the concept of générosité. This incorporates both a cognitive state (the knowledge that nothing belongs to us but ... More


Magnanimity and Modernity: Greatness of Soul and Greatness of Mind in the Enlightenment

Ryan Patrick Hanley

in The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198840688
eISBN:
9780191882654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840688.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter chronicles the approaches to magnanimity taken by three key Enlightenment theorists, David Hume, Adam Smith, and John Witherspoon. United in their concern to defend the modern relevance ... More


The Kantian Sublime and Greatness of Mind

Emily Brady

in The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198840688
eISBN:
9780191882654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840688.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter explores Kant’s discussion of the sublime in the Critique of the Power of Judgment (1790), in which the aesthetic subject becomes aware of a certain kind of greatness of mind. Kant’s ... More


Nietzsche on Magnanimity, Greatness, and Greatness of Soul

Andrew Huddleston

in The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198840688
eISBN:
9780191882654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840688.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter brings Nietzsche into dialogue with the tradition of thinking about the virtue of magnanimity. In a few places in his work, Nietzsche uses the German Großmuth (magnanimity) to pick out a ... More


A Composite Portrait of a True American Philosophy on Magnanimity

Andrew J. Corsa and Eric Schliesser

in The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198840688
eISBN:
9780191882654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840688.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter offers a composite portrait of the concept of magnanimity in nineteenth-century America, focusing on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. A composite portrait, ... More


A Cheerful Philosophical Life

Eric Schliesser

in Adam Smith: Systematic Philosopher and Public Thinker

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190690120
eISBN:
9780190690151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190690120.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter uses Adam Smith’s obituary of David Hume, “Letter to Strahan,” published jointly with Hume’s brief autobiography, to explore the rewards and purpose of doing philosophy in a commercial ... More


An Itinerary of Hope: Called to a Magnanimous Way of Life

Paul J. Wadell

in At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780190243920
eISBN:
9780190243951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243920.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter introduces the language of virtue and illustrates its importance for vocation through a paradigmatic example. Beginning with Aristotle’s account (including the relationship of virtue to ... More


Optimism and Self-Devaluation #1: Aristotle

Mor Segev

in The Value of the World and of Oneself: Philosophical Optimism and Pessimism from Aristotle to Modernity

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197634073
eISBN:
9780197634103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197634073.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter expounds on Aristotle’s optimistic theory. Despite opposing views, the “magnanimous” person, for Aristotle, is the philosopher. That person comes to devalue humanity and devotes her life ... More


Optimism and Self-Devaluation #2: Maimonides on Aristotle and the Hebrew Bible

Mor Segev

in The Value of the World and of Oneself: Philosophical Optimism and Pessimism from Aristotle to Modernity

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197634073
eISBN:
9780197634103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197634073.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines Maimonides’s optimistic theory and its roots in Aristotle’s philosophy and the Hebrew Bible. Maimonides’s solution to the problem of evil rests on the devaluation of human ... More


Aristotle on Knowing One’s Own Character: Why Self-Knowledge Matters for Virtue

Karen Margrethe Nielsen

in Self-Knowledge in Ancient Philosophy: The Eighth Keeling Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198786061
eISBN:
9780191889271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786061.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The chapter addresses the question of the relationship between self-knowledge and virtue. It extracts an account of self-knowledge from Aristotle’s remarks about magnanimity and truthfulness in the ... More


On Hope

Charles Pinches

in Virtues and Their Vices

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199645541
eISBN:
9780191744549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645541.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

As Aquinas notes, ‘hope’ names a natural passion shared with other animals; it moves us toward some future possible, but arduous, good. The related theological virtue builds on this, strengthening us ... More


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