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Humility and Human FlourishingA Study in Analytic Moral Theology$
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Michael W. Austin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198830221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198830221.001.0001

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Theological and Philosophical Objections

Theological and Philosophical Objections

(p.92) 3 Theological and Philosophical Objections
Humility and Human Flourishing

Michael W. Austin

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers several objections to the analysis of humility offered in chapter 2, both to defend its accuracy and to develop the view further in dialogue with alternative perspectives concerning the nature and value of humility. The theological objections include whether or not the Christian God can be humble, whether or not imitatio Christi is a Christian norm with sufficient theological and biblical support, and whether humility is consistent with the command of Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves. The chapter considers philosophical objections having to do with the truth of the account, its demanding nature, whether it sufficiently individuates humility from other virtues, and how humility can be a virtue for the oppressed and marginalized. Finally, it considers skeptical challenges concerning humility’s status as a virtue. It concludes that none of these objections are successful.

Keywords:   skepticism about humility, moral demandingness, imitatio Christi, virtue individuation, oppression, marginalized persons, love

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