A proposed definition of the concept of civic virtue

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In this paper I aim to provide a characterization of the concept of civic virtue. Firstly, I define civic virtue as the causally efficient motivation to act in a publicly oriented manner. Secondly, I maintain that the social spread of civic virtue should be understood as the establishment of a set of publicly oriented social norms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-121
JournalRevista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas
Issue number128
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


  • Altruism
  • Cognition
  • Cooperation
  • Dispositions
  • Motivation
  • Selfishness
  • Social norms


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