Humility as a Moral Virtue

Authored by: Jeffrie G. Murphy

Handbook of Humility

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138960008
eBook ISBN: 9781315660462
Adobe ISBN: 9781317337164


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I have spent most of my academic career writing on the philosophy of punishment and related issues such as mercy and forgiveness. So when I was asked to contribute an essay to a volume on humility, I was surprised at being asked and unsure that I could bring to bear my own scholarly expertise and focus to the topic. After some reflection, however, I came to think that many of the things that I find morally deplorable about America’s so-called system of criminal justice (Murphy, 2014) can in part be explained by a lack of humility, and so I was drawn to considering humility in more depth and in a context not limited in scope to criminal law.

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