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Jeremy Horder

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198256960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256960.001.0001

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Anger as Outrage

Anger as Outrage

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Provocation and Responsibility

Jeremy Horder

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the conception of anger underpinning early modern law: anger as outrage. The discovery that the doctrine of provocation can be analyzed in terms of conformity to and departure from even-temperedness and retributive justice yields a conception of anger called anger ‘outrage’. The first section of the chapter asks what anger is, approaching the question largely through an analysis of Aristotle’s account of feeling, judgment, and desire as an aspect of the virtue of even-temperedness. The second section explains what it means to respond rightly in anger, to act in anger in accordance with the means respecting the virtue of retributive justice. The third section considers outrage and self-control. The fourth section examines acting in anger on a moral principle. The fifth section examines outrage in modern law.

Keywords:   anger, outrage, self-control, retributive justice, even-temperedness, Aristotle

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