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On Patience: Reclaiming a Foundational Virtue

2016.09.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Pianalto, On Patience: Reclaiming a Foundational Virtue, Lexington Books, 2016, 145pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.09.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Pianalto, On Patience: Reclaiming a Foundational Virtue, Lexington Books, 2016, 145pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781498528207. Reviewed by Shirong Luo, Simmons College "Time and tide wait for no man"; "Life is short"; "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle" (a remark attributed to Abraham Lincoln). These pithy adages seem to conspire against the humble virtue of patience. However, Matthew Pianalto eloquently defends the virtue of patience against a variety of challenges, worries, and misunderstandings by arguing that patience is not a simple virtue of waiting, but a multifaceted disposition supporting and being supported by a network of virtues. It turns out that patience, properly construed, plays a fundamental role in the pursuit of human flourishing. Though a slender volume, Pianalto's On Patience has filled a large gap in contemporary discussion of virtue. . .

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