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3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 dimensi
Paperback, 142 pages
Published August 23rd 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 23, 2010 MG rated it it was ok
A promising start but disappointing. To be truthful, I'm not sure how this book is about pride. I anticipated a theological or philosophical discussion of some kind; I ended up with social commentary on white pride (bad) and black pride (good) for about 75% of the book. The consideration of what constitutes pride in each case I found to be accusatory and superficial. While this is truly not your Pope Gregory's pride, bring the discussion back to something remotely universal, if one can even spea ...more
Mark Valentine
Mar 13, 2016 Mark Valentine rated it liked it
Dyson steers right down the middle of PC...I'll explain later.

He opens by outlining the religious and philosophical roots of pride, vainglory, hubris, and its variations, but he settles on Aristotle's term for healthy pride: "proper pride." Proper pride has the balance of self-respect and dignity that shows maturity, depth, conscience, and responsibility.

From there, each chapter takes a different turn; first, his personal journey of pride, consisting of his personal reading list in his formativ
Courtney (Life as a Convert)
Mar 05, 2016 Courtney (Life as a Convert) rated it did not like it
I typically just leave my stars and move on, but since I am giving this book such a low rating, I thought I better explain.

I was expecting this book to be about society's struggle with Pride. Instead, all I am getting is that white pride is bad and black pride is good and that black people who "do good" are trying to be like white people. I gave up after this sentence "Rick black folk can be every bit as coy, sophisticated, snobbish, high-handed, mean-spirited, self-concerned, and pretentious a
May 20, 2013 Paulo rated it did not like it
Too slanted. Reads more like a manifesto of afro-american civil struggles, which is a pity. It should have been more about the follies of society on the whole.
Pierre Corneille
Jun 11, 2009 Pierre Corneille rated it it was ok
This book is part of a poorly executed series of books written by seven of the "brightest minds of our time" to bring seven deadly sins up to date for modernity or whatever. The series is poorly executed because the contributing authors neglect--as in fail to address--the more traditional theological approaches to these sins and because these authors' attempts to bring these sins up to date often end up in either diluted versions of the original theological approach or they veer off into irrelev ...more
As ho-hum a reaction as I had to the earlier volume of this series ( the one on sloth) and as mixed as the reviews of Pride were, I had no idea where I would land after having read this. I'm with the praise side -- for every quibble I might have muttered under my breath, there were probably ten emphatic yeses uttered to far otuweigh the quibbles. I am sure there are plenty of passages which could be pulled out of this and one person will get livid in rebuttal and another will be nodding in agree ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Harvey rated it it was ok
- this is my least favorite of the Oxford Press 'Seven Deadly Sins' series that I have read so far
- Dyson, an ordained Baptist Minister and a professor of Religious Studies and African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, heavily concentrates the book around the concepts of racial pride and black pride, almost to the exclusion of every other notion of pride
- I've read "Envy" and "Lust" from this same series - still have "Anger", "Greed", "Sloth", and "Gluttony" to go
Mar 27, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it
More thought-provoking than "Sloth", from the same series. The author argues both for and against pride in a series of essays that reflect on his African-American heritage and the ways in which pride can be both necessary and damaging. If you've ever felt speechless in the face of an idea like "white pride", this will help put some form to your feelings that not all pride is healthy--nor is all humility.
Mar 12, 2012 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is different from the first that I read in this series, and was different and excellent because of its difference. Found myself many times while reading this thinking how articulate that point was regarding issues of race and pride. Particularly thought his contrasting of Denzel Washington's Oscar acceptance with Halle Berry's very helpful.

Worth a re-read at some point.
Oct 09, 2007 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Very interesting meditation on the twin sides of pride--how it can be both a virtue and a vice--by one of my favorite social critics. Dyson uses race and nationalism vs. patriotism as his lenses.
Apr 19, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
A great short examination of black pride, white pride, patriotism, and nationalism. One of the better books in this series.
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Michael Eric Dyson is an American academic, author, and radio host. He is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.
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