Author's School

Arts & Sciences

Author's Department

Biology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2001

Originally Published In

Goodenough, U., & Woodruff, P. (2001). Mindful virtue, mindful reverence. Zygon, 36(4), 585-595. DOI: 10.1111/0591-2385.00386

Abstract

How does one talk about moral thought and moral action as a religious naturalist? We explore this question by considering two human capacities: the capacity for mindfulness, and the capacity for virtue. We suggest that mindfulness is deeply enhanced by an understanding of the scientific worldview and that the four cardinal virtues—courage, fairmindedness, humaneness, and reverence—are rendered coherent by mindful reflection. We focus on the concept of mindful reverence and propose that the mindful reverence elicited by the evolutionary narrative is at the heart of religious naturalism. Religious education, we suggest, entails the cultivation of mindful virtue, in ourselves and in our children.

Comments

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Goodenough, U., & Woodruff, P. (2001). Mindful virtue, mindful reverence. Zygon, 36(4), 585-595, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00386. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

DOI

10.1111/0591-2385.00386

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