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Margaret Watkins
Saint Vincent College
  1. Resources for solitude: Proper self-sufficiency in Jane Austen.Margaret Watkins Tate - 2007 - Philosophy and Literature 31 (2):323-343.
    Austen's heroines need all their resources to overcome the suffering that their virtues occasion. Isolation threatens Emma Woodhouse, Anne Elliot, and Elinor Dashwood because of rather than in spite of their characteristic excellences. But this cannot be: virtue is supposed to contribute to flourishing, not detract from it. Fortunately, Emma, Anne, and Elinor also possess proper self-sufficiency, enabling them to endure and overcome the trials of their own virtue. Thus, Austen's heroines avoid misery, and virtue theorists learn to attend to (...)
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    Obligation, Justice, and the Will in Hume’s Moral Philosophy.Margaret Watkins Tate - 2005 - Hume Studies 31 (1):93-122.
    Some scholars have recently found commonalities between Hume's motivational psychology and Kantian understandings of reason and obligation. Although this trend corrects certain misreadings of Hume, it goes too far in other respects. This essay argues that we can understand Hume's explanation of the artificial virtue of justice in a way that avoids such mistakes. I begin by considering Stephen Darwall's argument that features of Hume's account of justice reveal an inadequacy in the empirical naturalist tradition and underlying commitments to the (...)
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    Martyrdom and Integrity.Margaret Watkins Tate - 2007 - Philosophia Christi 9 (1):101-120.