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Putting On Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices

Herdt, Jennifer A.

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ISBN 10: 0226327191 / ISBN 13: 9780226327198
Verlag: University Of Chicago Press, 2012
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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This work reveals how a distrust of learned and habituated virtue shaped both early modern Christian moral reflection and secular forms of ethical thought. The author's broad historical sweep takes in the Aristotelian tradition as taken up by Thomas Aquinas and has chapters on Luther, Bunyan, the Jansenists, Hume, and others. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0226327191

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Augustine famously claimed that the virtues of pagan Rome were nothing more than splendid vices. This critique reinvented itself as a suspicion of acquired virtue as such, and true Christian virtue has, ever since, been set against a false, hypocritical virtue alleged merely to conceal pride. Putting On Virtue reveals how a distrust of learned and habituated virtue shaped both early modern Christian moral reflection and secular forms of ethical thought.  Jennifer Herdt develops her claims through an argument of broad historical sweep, which brings together the Aristotelian tradition as taken up by Thomas Aquinas with the early modern thinkers who shaped modern liberalism. In chapters on Luther, Bunyan, the Jansenists, Mandeville, Hume, Rousseau, and Kant, she argues that efforts to make a radical distinction between true Christian virtue and its tainted imitations actually created an autonomous natural ethics separate from Christianity. This secular value system valorized pride and authenticity, while rendering graced human agency less meaningful. Ultimately, Putting On Virtue traces a path from suspicion of virtue to its secular inversion, from confession of dependence to assertion of independence.

Über den Autor: Jennifer A. Herdt is the Stark Professor of Christian Ethics at Yale University.

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Titel: Putting On Virtue: The Legacy of the ...

Verlag: University Of Chicago Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

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