Though Aristotle had praised pride as the crown of the virtues, Ayn Rand’s identification of pride as “moral ambitiousness” marked a major breakthrough in understanding this virtue. This illuminating lecture explores what pride entails. What exactly does moral ambitiousness refer to? What does pride demand of us? And what does pride deliver—i.e., what is its specific value to human life?

Dr. Smith created an outline and a list of quotes for the two Moral Ambition lessons.