Pride : The Seven Deadly Sins, Hardback Book


"Pride goeth before destruction, a hoaughty spirit before a mighty fall." As the biblical fall of Satan suggests, pride as a defining symptom of self-preoccupation follows a paradoxical route at which end lies self-destruction.

Dyson explores the fate of pride from Christian theology to the social responsibilities of self-regard and regard for the society as a whole.

Pride is also vain glory, or the inordinate obsession with one's existence, body and intellect, whichbecomes the playground for human vanity.

Dyson examines how pride, within black communities, becomes a necessary and ironic defense against a culture that at once formally rejected it in their vreligious beliefs but embraced it in their social realtions.

As a result, blacks were ensconced,implicated, even embroiled, in the West's schizophrenic views of the deadly sin.

Dyson will explore all these moments of pride, attempting to probe the contradictory facets of a vice that in some instances became a celebrated virtue, and a virtue among some cultures that ultimately became a vice.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 8 line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780195160925



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