Rowman and Littlefield International

The Moral Psychology of Pride

Edited by J. Adam Carter, Emma C. Gordon

Publication date:

11 October 2017

Length of book:

258 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781783489084

Is it good to be proud? We sometimes happily speak of being proud of our achievements, ethnicities and identities, yet pride is also often described as the most serious of the seven deadly sins. This edited collection of original essays examines pride from a variety of perspectives in philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The volume seeks to explore such topics as the nature of pride, its connection to other human emotions, whether it is a virtue or vice (or both), and what role it might play in both our intellectual and moral lives. Containing diverse voices and viewpoints, this book aims to illuminate the various and complex dimensions of pride.
Carter and Gordon have skilfully assembled an excellent resource for understanding and appraising pride – one of the most complex and contested components of our moral and intellectual lives. Typically maligned as vicious or sinful, this volume urges a more nuanced approach to understanding and appraising its many forms. The chapters draw widely on empirical psychology, virtue epistemology, Christian and Hindu religion, and liberatory social theory to examine how pride can both facilitate and corrupt our moral, social, and intellectual life.