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Hard Feelings: The Moral Psychology of Contempt

Macalester Bell


Contempt is often derided as a thoroughly nasty emotion inimical to the respect we owe all persons, but ethicists have said little about what contempt is or whether it deserves its ugly reputation. In Hard Feelings: The Moral Psychology of Contempt, Macalester Bell argues that we must reconsider contempt’s role in our moral lives. While contempt can be experienced in inapt and disvaluable ways, it may also be a perfectly appropriate response that provides the best way of answering a range of neglected faults. Using a wide range of examples, Bell provides an account of the nature of contempt an ... More

Keywords: contempt, emotions, moral psychology, respect, forgiveness, racism, arrogance, hypocrisy, reconciliation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794140
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Macalester Bell, author
Columbia University