In Defence of Repugnance
This commentary focuses on Youngner’s arguments against the so-called ‘wisdom of repugnance’, specifically his claims that the recourse to repugnance is merely rhetorical and has little to contribute to social progress. His concern with repugnance invites us to engage in a broader debate on the proper role of emotions in ethics and public morality. Against Youngner, the author defends repugnance as a moral emotion, suggesting that it can be constitutive of membership in a moral community.
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