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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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Contempt as a Fitting Globalist Emotion

Contempt as a Fitting Globalist Emotion

(p.64) Chapter 2 Contempt as a Fitting Globalist Emotion
Hard Feelings

Macalester Bell

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the objection that contempt can never fit its target and should for this reason be dismissed. One distinguishing feature of contempt is its globalism: contempt presents its target as low as a person and takes the whole person as its object. Some critics insist this globalism renders all tokens of contempt unfitting and inapt. Against this, it is argued that this objection mischaracterizes the person-assessments at the heart of contempt. Contempt can be a fitting response to persons. The argument for this conclusion raises a problem for fitting attitude theories of value: fittingness cannot do the work that many metaethical theories demand.

Keywords:   fittingness, fitting attitude, theories of value, globalist emotions, relationships, John Doris

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