Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Period of Performance

9/1/2005 - 8/31/2006

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

Honor: The Social Passion for Excellence

FAIN: FB-51631-05

Anthony Cunningham
St. John's University, Collegeville (Collegeville, MN 56321-2000)

This project seeks to reclaim the notion of honor as a key element in understanding human life and character. At the root of honor is the idea of living true to standards of excellence for beings like us. The standards by which we measure ourselves always have important social dimensions; the eye by which we assess our own excellence invariably invokes the eyes of a community. Ultimately, the human gaze looks both inward and outward: Integrity focuses on the inward and honor speaks to the outward elements of the self.

Associated Products

Modern Honor: A Philosophical Defense (Book)
Title: Modern Honor: A Philosophical Defense
Author: Anthony Cunningham
Abstract: [From inside cover] This book examines the notion of honor with an eye to dissecting its intellectual demise and with the aim of making a case for honor's rehabilitation.
Year: 2013
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: WorldCat entry
Publisher: Routledge
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780415823845
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes