Modern Honor

Modern Honor

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This book examines the notion of honor with an eye to dissecting its intellectual demise and with the aim of making a case for honora€™s rehabilitation. Western intellectuals acknowledge honora€™s influence, but they lament its authority. For Western democratic societies to embrace honor, it must be compatible with social ideals like liberty, equality, and fraternity. Cunningham details a conception of honor that can do justice to these ideals. This vision revolves around three elementsa€”character (being), relationships (relating), and activities and accomplishment (doing). Taken together, these elements articulate a shared aspiration for excellence. We can turn the tables on traditional ills of honora€”serious problems of gender, race, and classa€”by forging a vision of honor that rejects lives predicated on power and gift giving. For their part, beneficiaries can enjoy the gift itself and take satisfaction in being deemed worthy of such a gift. ... Einar later goes abroad and proves himself a noble man and a good poet. ... On the other hand, great gifts can drag a recipient into an undesired game of exchange even if there are no doubts aboutanbsp;...

Title:Modern Honor
Author:Anthony Cunningham
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-08-21


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