Social Philosophy and Policy

Research Article

The Practice of Pride*

Tara Smitha1

a1 Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin

Pride has been denounced as one of the seven deadly sins and praised as the crown of the virtues. Perhaps because of the difficulty of navigating between these appraisals, pride has not been paid very much attention by ethicists. Moreover, pride is so familiar as a feeling that the suggestion that it could be a virtue may seem misplaced.


* Thanks to the editor and all the contributors for useful questions and comments on an earlier draft; to John Paulus, Steve Rogers, and Ann Ciccolella for thoughtful discussions of these issues; to Cooper Henson for his research assistance; and to the University of Texas Research Institute for a grant funding that assistance.