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Jeremy Horder

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198256960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256960.001.0001

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Honour, Anger, and Virtue

Honour, Anger, and Virtue

(p.43) 3 Honour, Anger, and Virtue
Provocation and Responsibility

Jeremy Horder

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the links between honour, anger, and virtue in three ways. First, it comments on virtues and virtuous behaviour, an understanding central to an appreciation of the argument about the nature of anger. Second, it establishes a link between the experience and expression of anger and the display or practice of two specific virtues: even-temperedness and retributive justice. The nature of this link helps to explain the theoretical foundations of mitigation of murder to manslaughter in provocation cases. Third, the chapter traces the development of these issues through their manifestation in early modern law.

Keywords:   Aristotle, vices, retributive justice, doctrine of the mean, even-temperedness

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