What is courage and why is it one of the oldest and most universally admired virtues? How is it relevant in the world today, and what contemporary forms does it take? In this insightful and crisply written book, Geoffrey Scarre examines these questions and many more. He begins by defining courage, asking how it differs from fearlessness, recklessness and fortitude, and why people are often more willing to ascribe it to others than to avow it for themselves. He also asks whether courage can serve bad ends as well as good, and whether it can sometimes promote confrontation over compromise and dialogue. On Courageexplores the ideas of Aristotle, Aquinas and many later philosophers who have written about courage, as well as drawing on classic and recent examples of courage in politics and fiction, including the German anti-Nazi "White Rose Movement", the modern phenomenon of "whistle-blowing", and Stephen Crane'Ź"s The Red Badge of Courage.
13 pages matching disposition in this book
Results 1-3 of 13
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Reality of Courage TWO 30
Courage and Goodness Five 107
3 other sections not shown
admirable adversity agent akrasia Aquinas Aristotelian Aristotle 1954 Aristotle's ascribe bad ends Bauhn believe bold brave bravery Canus cardinal virtue cause character claim concept of courage continence cour courageous action courageous behaviour Cranmer danger death delusions display disposition distinction emotions endure enemy Epictetus ethical Ethyl Corporation evils face fear fearless feel fight firm fortitude genuine courage Gulag honour human ISBN 13 John Wayne Jonathan Lear kind of courage lack less lives male Mary Macarthur Mercutio moral courage motive narrative nature noble objective Oliners one's pain patience Pericles person Philippa Foot Philosophy physical Plato poison praise Profile in Courage psychological rational reason recognise risks Rochefoucauld Rorty sense Siegfried situations social soldiers someone sometimes Sophie Scholl spirit sticking place takes courage temperance term things thought thumos Tillich traditional Tybalt Velleman Virtue Ethics virtue of courage virtuous whistle-blowing women words wrong