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The jury is out on the virtue of humility. Most people find humility a more attractive character trait in others than its opposites of pride and arrogance. Yet many philosophers, be they ancient or modern, find little value in humility as a virtue. For the Aristotelian moral tradition, humility is an impediment to greatness. Modern philosophers take this sentiment further, asserting that humility is a sham virtue that leads to unhappiness and human debasement. The Christian intellectual tradition, however, provides a contrast to these negative appraisals of humility. St. Augustine of Hippo is an eloquent and robust proponent of humility's value. Unlike the thinkers of the classical and modern philosophic traditions, Augustine asserts that humility is not only a significant virtue; it is the indispensable foundation of human greatness. The Greatness of Humility traces how Augustine makes his argument regarding the importance of humility and shows how his position measures up to those of his philosophical rivals.

"Too often, humility is understood only as a diminished opinion of oneself. Less explored is the biblical truth that humility is a prerequisite for both piety and compassion, both love of God and love of neighbour. Despite millennia of Christian praise for it, humility remains as radical today as in St Augustine's time. Bound to challenge and enrich, this book is fascinating and timely. A must-read for the serious Christian." -Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus "While philosophers may debate the value of humility, those engaged in leader development understand the absolute necessity of this virtue ... McInerney's contribution to this understanding is critical. The Greatness of Humility provides practicing leaders a road map for navigating this critical matter. His clear explanations of the work of Augustine, Hume, and Nietzsche will become part of my undergraduate, graduate, and executive classrooms." -Joseph J. Thomas, Chair and Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education, United States Naval Academy '[T]he Greatness of Humility is a well-argued and clear account of an undertheorized virtue in Augustine's corpus. McInerney's book stands as a fine exegetical and historical study as well as a normative proposal for humility's place in moral perfection. Because of this, the book is accessible to readers with a variety of interests, from Augustine and virtue ethics to Hume and Nietzsche.... In short, this volume is a helpful study of an underappreciated aspect of Augustine's moral thought that is able to reach a wider audience than most books of its kind.' Luke Zerra, Reviews in Religion and Theology, Volume 25, Issue 1, January 2018 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Joseph J. McInerney is Associate Director for Planning and Assessment, Division of Leadership Education at the United States Naval Academy. A Commander with more than twenty years of active-duty service in the United States Navy, he received a doctorate in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America in 2012.

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  • PDF | 214 pages
  • Pickwick Publications (February 15, 2016)
  • English
  • 8
  • Christian Books & Bibles

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  • By Daniel R on February 25, 2018

    A thorough treatment of an important topic. We live in an age when many politicians talk about humility but few exhibit it.

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