F. Character & Social/Cognitive/Moral Psychology > Nicolas Bommarito on "Modesty as a Virtue of Attention"

Nicolas Bommarito has a recent paper in The Philosophical Review, doi: 10.1215/00318108-1728723
Philosophical Review 2013 Volume 122, Number 1: 93-117

Abstract. The contemporary discussion of modesty has focused on whether or not modest people are accurate about their own good qualities. This essay argues that this way of framing the debate is unhelpful and offers examples to show that neither ignorance nor accuracy about the good qualities related to oneself is necessary for modesty. It then offers an attention-based account, claiming that what is necessary for modesty is to direct one’s attention in certain ways. By analyzing modesty in this way, we can best explain the distinct features of modesty, keep much of what is intuitive in contemporary accounts, and better understand why modesty is a virtue at all.
February 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell