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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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For a clear explanation of the way in which natural virtue is elevated while not diluted by Christian faith, see Robert Sokolowski, The God of Faith and Reason: Foundations of Christian Theology (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1995), 53-87.
The Christian faith can be interpreted in a manner that moves the question of freedom into a new religious-theological frame without overthrowing the concept of natural virtue in which the classics are invested.
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.
A natural virtue is grounded in our approval, that is, the moral sense's approval, of some naturally occurring motive.
Defining justice as a natural virtue or admitting the goodness of human beings would solve this problem.
Producers have wised up to the fact that promoting goods by extolling their natural virtue is a good marketing ploy.
However it seems wrong to argue that the idea of solidarity or mateship in itself should be celebrated as some kind of natural virtue.
The position he seeks to overturn is that the reception of Aristotle enabled scholastics to develop a secular basis for political theory, derived from the concept of man as a political animal; thus, justice, understood as serving the common good, became a natural virtue.
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 the course of exploring this thesis, Whiting argues that Aristotle's distinction between the agathos (the good person) and the kaloskagathos (the fine-and-good person) corresponds to his distinction between natural virtue and authoritative virtue, in which the authoritatively virtuous agent is responsible for his own fate in a way in which the naturally virtuous agent is not.
Nevertheless, Ramsey never wavers on his concentration on results: no matter how achieved, no matter what the motive, natural virtue is nearly a twin to the real thing when the effects are in view.