What is Modesty?

Many attempt to define amd describe modesty in an effort to enforce personal convictions about clothing and behavior. These efforts are usually lazy and shallow. A sound definition for modesty, drawn from the moral philosophy of Aristotle, would be: Modesty is the fear of infamy. Infamy is the evil of being known for bad quality or deed. Aristotle explains that having no fear of infamy is “impudence”, which is a vice. A good man, on the other hand, fears infamy, and this is the virtue of “modesty”. A good man, then, seeks to avoid infamy by avoiding the appearance of … Continue

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