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Hard FeelingsThe Moral Psychology of Contempt$
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Macalester Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794140.001.0001

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What Is Contempt?

What Is Contempt?

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(p.25) Chapter 1 What Is Contempt?
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Hard Feelings
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Macalester Bell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794140.003.0002

This chapter offers an account of the nature of contempt and highlights the ways in which it is distinct from other hard feelings such as hatred and disgust. Contempt is characterized as a way of negatively and comparatively regarding someone who is presented as falling below the contemnor’s personal baseline. This form of regard constitutes a withdrawal from the target of contempt.

Keywords:   contempt, disgust, hatred, theories of emotion

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