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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L036-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Honour consists in living up to the expectations of a group – in particular, in keeping faith, observing promises, and telling truth. This restriction to a particular group is not easy to justify against the background of universalist theories of ethics, and neither does honour accord readily with the central modern concepts duty and utility. Honour requires a social context in which individuals can bind themselves, and has tended to be restricted to free, adult males, who alone have been thought to have the capacity to bind themselves in this way. Older traditions, however, regarded honour as the goal of all virtuous action; and newer thinkers have been rediscovering attractions in this view.

Citing this article:
Roberts, Julian. Honour, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L036-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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