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4 - Honor, Shame, Humility, and Pride

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 October 2020

Arthur Jan Keefer
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Eton College
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The list of Proverbial virtues produced in Chapter 3 is compared with Aristotle’s list of moral virtues in order to discover the underlying factors that explain both. Assessing in depth the similarities and differences between the virtue lists of Proverbs and Aristotle, this chapter focuses on their notions of honor, shame, humility and pride. I examine apparent and actual differences in these virtues and discuss the historical, social and doctrinal factors that underlie them. Why, for instance, do Aristotle and Proverbs show marked interest in honor? Or how might Proverbs’ focus on work and Aristotle’s omission of the subject be explained?

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The Book of Proverbs and Virtue Ethics
Integrating the Biblical and Philosophical Traditions
, pp. 93 - 119
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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