Murdochian Humility

Tony Milligan

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The following paper sets out a view of humility that is derived from Iris
Murdoch but which differs from a strict Murdochian approach in two important
respects. Firstly, any association with self-abnegation is removed; and secondly,
the value of a limited form of pride (recognition pride) is affirmed. The paper is
nevertheless strongly continuous with her work, in the sense that it builds upon her rejection of universalizability on the specifc grounds that we have varying moral competences. A liberal commitment to equality should not be allowed to spill out of the political domain. We are not all equal when it comes to the demands of morality. Humility is treated as a just discernment of our own limited moral competences. As such, it is a recognition of our particularity and not a form of radical self-effacement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-228
Number of pages12
JournalReligious Studies
Issue number2
Early online date16 Apr 2007
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


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