a.k.a. munificence, philanthropy?

In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, he includes as one of his virtues “megaloprepeia”. It is a sort of large-scale, community-facing generosity such as would be involved in financing and directing a great festival or in lavishly hosting foreign dignitaries. Part of the trick here is to not only do it unsparingly and generously, but also tastefully and not in a vulgar, ostentatious way.

Cicero (De Oficiis) notes that people who aim at virtues like magnanimity and courage sometimes do so for love of glory. Because they’re more interested in the kudos than in the virtues themselves, they can go astray and miss the mark.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


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Mentioned elsewhere

Inspirational quotes