On Pride

  • Lorenzo Greco University of Oxford
Keywords: Pride, Mandeville, Hume

Abstract

In this essay, I offer a vindication of pride. I start by presenting the Christian condemnation of pride as the cardinal sin. I subsequently examine Mandeville’s line of argument whereby pride is beneficial to society, although remaining a vice for the individual. Finally, I focus on, and endorse, the analysis of pride formulated by Hume, for whom pride qualifies instead as a virtue. This is because pride not only contributes to making society flourish but also stabilizes the virtuous agent by creating a virtuous circle between our desire for self-appraisal and our aspiration to act morally. I conclude by underscoring the (virtuous) connection between pride and modesty to the detriment of humility, which should instead be discarded as vicious.

Published
2019-07-26
How to Cite
Greco, L. (2019). On Pride. HUMANA.MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies, 12(35), 101-123. Retrieved from http://www.humanamente.eu/index.php/HM/article/view/271