A Pluralist Account of Spiritual Exemplarity

In Tyler McNabb & Victoria S. Harrison (eds.), Philosophy and the Spiritual Life. Routledge (forthcoming)
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This Chapter sketches a pluralist account of spiritual exemplarity. Starting from recent work by Linda Zagzebski, three main kinds of spiritual exemplarity are described, distinguished by their underlying aspiration. I name these the aspirations to allegiance, enlightened insight, and emulation, illustrated with examples from the Western and South and East Asian spiritual dispensations. The Chapter concludes by warning against tendencies either to occlude this plurality or to illicitly privilege one of these aspirations by nominating it alone as the 'authentic' form of spiritual life.
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