Super interesting piece, I love practical philosophy and got to read a bit of Hume while undergrad.

Question though, is there a distinction between pride in one’s self and pride in one’s work? For example, let’s say I painted a beautiful piece of art. How would Hume respond to my pride in the creation itself?

Also wondering how Hume would respond to the idea of having standards (which I guess would fall under group association)

What I mean by the last paragraph is let’s say I consider myself an anti racist. I don’t have any interest in being friends with racists. This is an example of group association. Is it prideful? In a way yes, what do yo I think Hume would say here?

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If I may jump in, a bit late and uninvited….

I would answer first with a query, meant either to educate me or to clarify meaning, or both. What is one doing when one has “pride in one’s work”?

The pleasure I have in work done well is two-fold, and on this I suspect we agree: I experience pleasure from the inspection or examination of *any* work well done, and I experience pleasure in having produced such work. Pride, as I understand it, is pleasure obtained or derived from notice (by oneself and/or others) of one’s own goodness or the goodness of some act or work produced by oneself, or by someone closely related to oneself—a family member, a student, etc., and for whom one commonly has some sort of responsibility.

Thus, in the definition (or at least my definition) of the key word, I think I find “pride in one’s work” as part and parcel of “pride in one’s self”, with no useful or meaningful distinction to be made. This said, however, I’d be happy to learn of some means by which self-pride and pride in one’s work might be meaningfully separated. I suspect that such a thought might have prompted your query.

Either way, cheers!—and I hope you find it sorted well in the end.

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I know quite a few contrarians that would let this fly right over their heads.

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