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Savoring DisgustThe Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics$
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Carolyn Korsmeyer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756940.001.0001

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What Is Disgust?

What Is Disgust?

(p.15) 1 What Is Disgust?
Savoring Disgust

Carolyn Korsmeyer (Contributor Webpage)

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This first chapter situates disgust within general emotion theory, both philosophical and psychological, and provides the grounds for understanding its function in aesthetic situations. Many theorists treat disgust as “primitive” and “basic,” along with certain other emotions (such as fear) that we share with nonhuman animals. At the same time, disgust appears to be a uniquely human affect, and despite certain pancultural features it also manifests particular social and historical values. The chapter reviews several current approaches to emotion in general, including debates between so-called cognitivists and noncognitivists. It also presents the work of a philosopher of an earlier generation, Aurel Kolnai, whose phenomenological approach to the allure of the disgusting serves as a reference point throughout this study.

Keywords:   emotion theory, basic emotions, disgust, Robert Solomon, Martha Nussbaum, Paul Rozin, Paul Griffiths, Jenefer Robinson, Jesse Prinz, Aurel Kolnai, emotional theorists

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