A Challenge to Intellectual Virtue From Moral Virtue: The Case of Universal Love
Metaphilosophy, Volume 41, Issue 1-2, Pp. 152 - 171.
On the Aristotelian picture of virtue,
moral virtue has at its core intellectual virtue. An interesting
challenge for this orthodoxy is provided by the case of universal love
and its associated virtues, such as the dispositions to exhibit grace,
or to forgive, where appropriate. It is difficult to find a property in
the object of such love, in virtue of which grace, for example, ought
to be bestowed. Perhaps, then, love in general, including universal
love, is not necessarily exhibited for reasons. This is the view that, with the help of Heidegger's notion of a fundamental emotional attunement (Grundstimmung),
I defend. The problem is to show how universal love, and its
manifestation in the virtues of universal love, can then be seen as
rational. Showing this is the task of the essay.
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