Moral Sentiment and the Sources of Moral Identity
This chapter aims to retrieve the insights of the eighteenth-century accounts of moral sentiment, particularly those of Hume, that point to the importance of praise and pride as crucial sources of moral identity and agency. The current emphasis on the negative sentiments neglects the broader canvas of our ethical experience and the importance of the varied attitudinal relations between the characters who populate it. By widening the scope of moral sentiment to include pride and praise, in addition to guilt, shame, and blame, we discover the importance of the notion of moral competence, and the important relation between moral self-esteem and an active agency that focuses not only on acting well, but on resisting evil
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