“Pride goes before destruction,” we read in proverbs, “and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
“Vanity involves esteeming oneself for goods that are only estimable in opinion – that is, only because people agree to esteem them.”
Jeff J.S. Black teaches at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He is the author of Rousseau’s Critique of Science: A Commentary on the Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts. He is working on a book on human nature and human enhancement in modern political thought. He frequently suffers from double vision.
Read his full essay “It’s all about me” in LYRA’s second issue here.