The Virtue of Pride
Webcast Q&A: 19 June 2011, Question 1
I answered a question on the virtue of pride on 19 June 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
What is the virtue of pride? To me, pride just seems like a feeling – a sense of satisfaction with oneself. So it seems bizarre to speak of pride as a virtue, as if it's something that you do. So what does it mean to say that pride is a virtue – and how is that different from self-esteem?
My Answer, In Brief: The virtue of pride is related to idea of "taking pride in one's work" – meaning consistently living up to the standard of excellence. In addition to cultivating moral character, pride is the basis for the indispensable value of self-esteem.
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