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Humility, Pride, and Christian Virtue Theory

Kent Dunnington


This book proposes an account of humility that relies on the most radical Christian sayings about humility, especially those found in Augustine and the early monastic tradition. It argues that this was the view of humility that put Christian moral thought into decisive conflict with the best Greco-Roman moral thought. This radical Christian account of humility has been forgotten amid contemporary efforts to clarify and retrieve the virtue of humility for secular life. The book shows how humility was repurposed during the early modern era—particularly in the thought of Hobbes, Hume, and Kant—be ... More

Keywords: humility, virtue, virtue ethics, pride, proper pride, asceticism, feminism, Augustine, Hume, Kant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198818397
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198818397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kent Dunnington, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Biola University