natural virtue


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natural virtue

n.
1. One of the cardinal virtues.
2. In the philosophy of David Hume, a virtue, such as benevolence, friendship, or modesty, that arises from natural inclination rather than from awareness of duty or social utility.
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Noun1.natural virtue - (scholasticism) one of the four virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) derived from nature
cardinal virtue - one of the seven preeminent virtues
justice, justness - the quality of being just or fair
temperance, moderation - the trait of avoiding excesses
prudence - discretion in practical affairs
fortitude - strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
Scholasticism - the system of philosophy dominant in medieval Europe; based on Aristotle and the Church Fathers
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First, we must distinguish generic religion as a natural virtue from diverse species of faith that go beyond the duty to render homage to the First Cause.
Finally, hoping to offer an account of the virtues needed for human flourishing today, Michael Lawler and Todd Salzman encourage dialogue between natural virtue ethics deriving from the Aristotelian tradition and Christian virtue ethics deriving from following Jesus Christ.
Defining justice as a natural virtue or admitting the goodness of human beings would solve this problem.
Thus, wondrously, a natural virtue is elevated over the highest of the supernatural.
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100] He acknowledged the Stoic definition of "natural virtue" as deriving simply from natural qualities of body and mind, but he hastened to add that this natural virtue counted for little in human society, for, as Aristotle had argued, a servant could be endowed with every kind of moral virtue and still not be noble because of his menial social status.
In other words we have been developing a natural virtue ethics.
Little attention was given to natural virtue and natural moral benefit.
38) This quote perfectly exemplifies how one can rightly insist that human nature and its powers persist in the life of grace, and yet wrongly assume that which persists is natural virtue.
Natural virtue can dispose, but moral virtue is part of intentional choice and rational appreciation of good.
Sovereign" in the title - a translation of kurios - may mean two things: complete (sovereign virtue is complete virtue in contrast with natural virtue or any merely partial virtue) and dominant (a ruler dominates what is needed).