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The Economy of EsteemAn Essay on Civil and Political Society$
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Geoffrey Brennan and Philip Pettit

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199246483.001.0001

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The Nature and Attraction of Esteem

The Nature and Attraction of Esteem

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The Economy of Esteem

Geoffrey Brennan (Contributor Webpage)

Philip Pettit (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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