Question: Does the virtue of courage require struggling against the temptation to succumb to fear? In your 16 September 2012 show
, you argued that "it is far better for a person to cultivate a virtuous moral character so that right actions are easy for him, rather than constantly struggling against temptation." How does this apply to the virtue of courage? The common understanding of courage is that it requires acting rightly in spite of fear. So the courageous person struggles to do the right thing in face of the temptation to retreat in fear. Is this a correct formulation? If so, wouldn't that mean that a courageous person must constantly struggle against fear, not overcome it? If this view of courage is wrong, how would you define the virtue and its relation to fear?
Tags: Character, Courage, Emotions, Ethics, Fear, Integrity, Moral Habits, Rationality, Values