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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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Demoralization, Trust, and the Virtues

Demoralization, Trust, and the Virtues

(p.173) 10 Demoralization, Trust, and the Virtues
Reflections On How We Live

Annette C. Baier

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses good moral quality in finding the basis for a person's mental attitude on a particular occasion or succession of similar occasions. It discusses what makes an attitude to mutual vulnerability virtuous or morally welcome that it contributes to the climate of trust within which a person lives. According to David Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature, as long as people are not in a moral ‘state of nature,’ there will be normal conditions in which good habits of the heart can survive and be cultivated. Even when normal conditions fail, the broken habits of a person may still be restorable.

Keywords:   good moral quality, mental attitude, mutual vulnerability, David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, state of nature, good habits

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