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Aristotle and the Virtues$
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Howard J. Curzer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693726.001.0001

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Magnificence and Heroic Virtue (NE IV.2)

Magnificence and Heroic Virtue (NE IV.2)

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(p.109) 5 Magnificence and Heroic Virtue (NE IV.2)
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Aristotle and the Virtues
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Howard J. Curzer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693726.003.0005

Magnificence is usually thought to be large-scale liberality; its sphere is great wealth while liberality’s sphere is moderate wealth. But magnificence is better understood as heroic liberality. It is the version of liberality possessed by heroically virtuous people. In addition to solving various interpretative problems, taking magnificence to be heroic liberality captures an important moral intuition: the intuition that, within limits, the more generous a person is, the better.

Keywords:   liberality, magnificence, heroic virtue, great wealth

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