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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.003.0010

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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