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Pride : the seven deadly sins

Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press ; New York : New York Public Library, 2006.
Series: Seven deadly sins.
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Of the seven deadly sins, pride is the only one with a virtuous side. It is certainly a good thing to have pride in one's country, in one's community, in oneself. But when taken too far, as Michael Eric Dyson shows in Pride, these virtues become deadly sins. Dyson, named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential African Americans, here looks at the many dimensions of pride. Ranging from Augustine and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Eric Dyson
ISBN: 9780195160925 0195160924 0195312104 9780195312102
OCLC Number: 61178132
Description: xvi, 142 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Contents: The virtuous vice? philosophical and religious roots of pride --
I witness: personal pride --
Hubris and hue: white pride --
I am somebody: black pride --
National pride.
Series Title: Seven deadly sins.
Responsibility: Michael Eric Dyson.
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Explores the fate of pride from Christian theology to the social responsibilities of self-regard and regard for the society as a whole. This work examines how pride, within black communities, becomes  Read more...

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'This is a great little book' Ronald Segal, Spectator 'short, muscular book' Iain Finlayson, Times

 
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