Cesar Chavez and the Ethics of Exemplarity

In recent years, Cesar Chavez's life and legacy have been subjected to increased scrutiny. The ensuing reevaluations of Chavez, wittingly or not, are matters of ethical, as well as historical and biographical, concern. This article has two aims. First, it reconstructs Chavez's account of e...

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Published in:Journal of religious ethics
Main Author: Maya, Gustavo (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2019]
In:Journal of religious ethics
Year: 2019, Volume: 47, Issue: 3, Pages: 601-625
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Chávez, César 1927-1993 / Example / Ethical individualism
Further subjects:B Cesar Chavez
B Gandhi
B Fasting
B picketing
B Exemplarity
B United Farm Workers
B Sacrifice
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Summary:In recent years, Cesar Chavez's life and legacy have been subjected to increased scrutiny. The ensuing reevaluations of Chavez, wittingly or not, are matters of ethical, as well as historical and biographical, concern. This article has two aims. First, it reconstructs Chavez's account of exemplarity and uses it to assess his legacy. Second, it provides an account of exemplarity situated within social practices. As I argue, exemplarity operates through social practices, rather than mystically as posited by a contagion model. The end result is an ethically nuanced reassessment of Chavez and an account of exemplarity that includes its social dimension.
ISSN:1467-9795
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religious ethics
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/jore.12280