Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Secular PowersHumility in Modern Political Thought$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Julie E. Cooper

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226081298

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226081328.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 31 July 2021

A Modest Tale about Theoretical Modesty

A Modest Tale about Theoretical Modesty

Chapter:
(p.140) Conclusion A Modest Tale about Theoretical Modesty
Source:
Secular Powers
Author(s):

Julie E. Cooper

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226081328.003.0006

The conclusion enumerates the conundrums that ensue when theorists try to observe protocols of anonymity consistent with their commitment to modesty as a philosophical virtue. This story about the ironic twists and turns of modesty’s modern career shows how hard it is for early modern philosophers to avoid the temptations of sovereignty. The chapter concludes with a meditation on the implications, for contemporary democratic theory, of the book’s historical argument. Through an engagement with Steven White’s ethos of finitude, the chapter argues that contemporary theorists must beware of contesting sovereignty in ways that reinforce Augustinian assumptions.

Keywords:   Modesty, Philosophical virtue, Anonymity, Sovereignty, Democratic theory, Steven White, Ethos, Finitude, sovereignty

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.