Pride : The Seven Deadly Sins Hardback
by Michael Eric (Ira B.Wells Professor, and Professor of Religious Studies, Depaul University) Dyson
Part of the New York Public Library Lectures in Humanities series
"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: 28/02/2006
- Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
- ISBN: 9780195160925