On Pride

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


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.

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