On the Place of Virtues in a Pluralistic Democracy AMITAI ETZIONI George Washington University THE VIRTUE OF VIRTUES If a a set of moral values and commitments as community recognizes as these become the foundations of moral discourse in compelling, virtues, that Other new moral and so on-as as community. statements, claims, long are not absorbed into the set of shared virtues-have no or little they standing. while there are in And, differences the exact frequently interpreting meanings and of virtues-for how much is due to implications prevailing instance, do sound and shared foundations for consensus charity?-virtues provide and moral formation, endeavors, For community public policies standing. in the traditional Jewish shtetl, the example, European studying scriptures was accorded virtue. It left little doubt as to which activities were to be high extolled and merited the seat nearest the Eastern to preferred (oriented wall of the It was not a Jerusalem) of the of one synagogue. question rights versus those of others but a of the subgroup communitywide recognition virtue of commitments to the scriptures. in communities that subscribe to Also, shared virtues (orcommunitarian values), contentiousness and are curbed as clear and shared litigiousness relatively criteria are available to
American Behavioral Scientist – SAGE
Published: Mar 1, 1992
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