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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 and the Vices of Superiority

Contempt and the Vices of Superiority

(p.96) Chapter 3 Contempt and the Vices of Superiority
Hard Feelings

Macalester Bell

Oxford University Press

In this chapter it is argued that contempt provides the best response to the vices of superiority. Arrogance, hypocrisy, and other vices of superiority involve seeing oneself as having comparatively high status, desiring that this status be recognized, and, in at least some cases, attempting to exact esteem and deference on this basis. Contempt is the best way of answering the attitude of superbia at the heart of these vices.

Keywords:   arrogance, hypocrisy, vices of superiority, relationships, superbia, status

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