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. The proud person seeks his own moral perfection, and in this lesson Dr. Smith examines what such perfection consists of; the dangers of dismissing this ideal; and the usual reasons given for rejecting it.

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