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Title: Recognizing and Emulating Exemplars
Author(s): COMPAIJEN, Rob
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 24 Issue: 4 Date: 2017
In the present contribution I explore what is involved in recognizing and emulating exemplars, and I do so by critically engaging with the view – recently forwarded by Linda T. Zagzebski – that admiration is the key to understanding these issues. While I believe that recognizing exemplars typically involves admiration, I do not think it is sufficient. Instead, I suggest, understanding what is involved in the recognition and emulation of exemplars requires a richer account. I develop my argument in three steps. First, I engage with Zagzebski’s exemplarist moral theory and elaborate her understanding of the relationship between admiration and exemplarity on the basis of her recent work on the topic. Second, I argue why I believe that we cannot understand the recognition and emulation of exemplars by reference to admiration alone. Third, I elaborate my own account of what is involved in recognizing and emulating exemplars, which involves self-awareness, the possibility of identifying with the exemplar, and what I call ‘motivational continuity’.