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Title: Following the Wrong Example: The Exclusiveness of Heroism and Sanctity
Authors: Grigoletto, Simone
Keywords: ExemplarismSupererogationOught Implies CanMoral MotivationMaximizing Duties
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Simone Grigoletto, "Following the Wrong Example: The Exclusiveness of Heroism and Sanctity", in "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2018) XX/2", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018, pp. 89-104
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
Part of: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2018) XX/2
Abstract: Are ordinary moral agents able to follow the moral lead of heroes and saints? In her Exemplarist Moral Theory Linda Zagzebski provided an exemplarist account to morality grounded on admiration. She focused her research on three possible kinds of exemplar: the saint, the hero and the sage. In this paper, I hold that there are at least two possible ways of following an exemplar (inference and strict emulation). Furthermore, I will try to show that when we take morally exceptional agents (in particular heroes and saints) as exemplars to be emulated, some theoretical and normative problems arise. In particular, I will outline the Feasibility Problem, the Non-motivating Admiration Problem and the Distortion of Duty. Given these issues, I suggest an account of supererogation for this moral approach. I argue that this will provide some theoretical advantages for exemplarism, together with a new attention for extraordinary moral acts. The admiration of praiseworthy deeds, similarly to exemplars, can provide valuable moral guidance.
ISSN: 1825-5167
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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