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Pagan Virtue: An Essay in Ethics

John Casey


This chapter argues that the classical virtues of courage, temperance, practical wisdom, and justice, which are largely ignored in modern moral philosophy, centrally define the good for Man. The values of success, pride, and worldliness remain an alive, if insufficiently acknowledged, part of our moral thinking. The conflict between these values and our equally important Christian inheritance leads to tensions and contradictions in our understanding of the moral life.

Keywords: pagan, classical virtues, courage, temperance, practical wisdom, justice, modern moral philosophy, success, pride, worldliness, moral thinking, Christian inheritance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198240037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240037.001.0001


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John Casey, author
Gonville and Caius College
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