Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Major

Philosophy

Date of Defense

4-22-2009

Graduate Advisor

John Brunero

Committee

Eric Wiland

Anna Alexandrova

Abstract

In this paper I give an account of modesty that focuses on having an appropriate global perspective of your achievements. Unlike other philosophers, I take a disjunctive approach, arguing that there are at least four ways one can have an appropriate global perspective of her achievements. Additionally, I argue that if one is to be modest she must not brag about or dwell on her achievements and she must believe with sufficient reason that she has achievements. I argue that modesty defined as such is both extrinsically and intrinsically valuable. Its extrinsic value derives from the positive social consequences it elicits, while its intrinsic value is that the person who holds this virtue is a certain kind of person. Namely, she is the kind of person who understands the global significance of her achievements with respect to the available evidence.

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