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Journal of Islamic Philosophy

Volume 4, 2008

Saba Fatima
Pages 3-20
DOI: 10.5840/islamicphil2008414

An Examination of the Ethics of Submissiveness

This paper examines the trait of submissiveness within the framework of virtue ethics. Submissiveness is generally regarded as a vice, particularly when evaluated in reference to patriarchal systems. This paper argues that there is something valuable about the trait of submissiveness—when it functions as a virtue—that is lacking in secular contexts, and this lack detracts from the possibilities of a good life.