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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Note This:
Heroes Come in Wholes

"[I]f John Brown's case teaches us one lesson, it's that heroes come in wholes. Success makes some of the difference; moral luck plays a role. But we can control quite a lot of the character that takes a lifetime to build. Had John Brown's life been less than exemplary, we'd be queasier about admiring his willingness to leave it."

Susan Neiman, "What Makes a Moral Hero?"  ABC Religion and Ethics (6 June 2012)

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