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Manners and Morals in Democracy

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Publication Date: June 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Kenneth Minogue

Series: Heritage Lecture

Topic: Politics (Political ethics)
Social conditions (Social values)

Keywords: Thought; Kenneth; Minogue

Type: Speech

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The "moral life" is the human propensity to want to do the right thing, and there are few Western moral variants that are not individualistic. In sustaining their commitments, individualists exhibit virtues that often resemble the classical and Christian virtues of earlier thinkers: prudence, chastity, temperance, punctuality, and self-control, all of which are often rejected in our modern world.