Manners and Morals in Democracy
Publication Date: June 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Kenneth Minogue
Series: Heritage Lecture
Keywords: Thought; Kenneth; Minogue
Coverage: United States
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.