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OF MANNERS AND MORALS

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In this paper I explore the role of manners and morals.1 In particular, what is the connection between emotional demeanor and the inner stuff of virtue? Does the fact that we can pose faces and hide our inner sentiments, i.e., ‘fake it,’ detract from or add to our capacity for virtue? I argue, following a line from the Stoics, that it can add to our virtue and that, as a result, moral education needs to take seriously both a commitment to good character and a commitment to the ‘aesthetic’ of character.
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Keywords: appearances; character; duties; emotions; etiquette; manners; military virtue; respect; virtue

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-09-01

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