The Nature and Attraction of Esteem

Geoffrey Brennan and Philip Pettit

in The Economy of Esteem

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199246489
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601460 | DOI:
The Nature and Attraction of Esteem

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Social esteem is to be distinguished from a variety of other attitudes like love and admiration or, on the negative side, hate or disgust. Positive esteem is something that we human beings find attractive, perhaps inherently–perhaps as a result of biological priming–but certainly for its instrumental benefits: it clearly helps us attain other goods and makes it easier to think well of ourselves–to have self-esteem. And positive esteem cannot be easily procured: it is scarce in the sense of requiring effort to achieve and in the sense of occasioning competition among those who pursue.

Keywords: admiration; disesteem; desire; esteem; intrinsic and instrumental; love

Chapter.  9197 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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