Issue 07 | Cardinal Virtues

PARADOXES OF VIRTUE

Classical educators openly refer to virtues, yet their definitions of them produce a tangle of competing goods. For example, courage strengthens the impulse to pursue justice, even in the face of harm. The competing goods of self-preservation and justice thus form a paradoxical crossroads: How can I protect myself (a good) while doing that which is just (another good) ? In our interview with Dr. Dale Ahlquist, president of Chesterton Academies, we touched on this: “You have two ideas that are both true, and yet they seem to contradict each other. Our understanding [of paradox] accepts both things and figures out how to overcome the contradiction.” Such paradoxical puzzles are central to G.K. Chesterton’s thinking, which we explored further in the course of conversation.

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