David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Although many of us deny it, it is not uncommon to feel pleasure over the suffering of others, particularly when we feel that suffering has been deserved. The German word for this concept- Schadenfreude -has become universal in its expression of this feeling. Drawing on the teachings of history's most prominent philosophers, John Portmann explores the concept of Schadenfreude in this rigorous, comprehensive, and absorbing study. Citing examples from literature and popular culture-from the works of Toni Morrison, Umberto Eco and Baudelaire to physical comedy and cartoons-Portmann lays bare an important distinction in our understanding of Schadenfreude , the difference between taking pleasure in the suffering of others and relishing the execution of justice. His study of Schadenfreude contrasts Kant and Schopenhauer's rejection of the concept to Nietschze's and Freud's embrace of this all-too-human tendency. Most importantly, he confronts the debates over institutional punishment, violence in our culture, and our current hunger for media images of punishment and betrayal. Almost encyclopedic in its survey of scholarship on understanding and evaluating Schadenfreude , this groundbreaking and highly accessible examination of a neglected topic will make a vital contribution to the study of human ethics, as it compels us to reexamine our own feelings about suffering, sympathy, and the morality of justice.
|Keywords||Suffering Moral and ethical aspects Pleasure Moral and ethical aspects Sympathy Moral and ethical aspects|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$39.95 new (34% off) $51.60 direct from Amazon (14% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BJ1409.P67 2000|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Marguerite La Caze (2001). Envy and Resentment. Philosophical Explorations 4 (1):31 – 45.
Wilco W. van Dijk, Jaap W. Ouwerkerk, Sjoerd Goslinga & Myrke Nieweg (2010). Brief Report. Cognition and Emotion 19 (6):933-939.
Similar books and articles
Josep E. Corbí (2012/2011). Morality, Self-Knowledge, and Human Suffering: An Essay on the Loss of Confidence in the World. Routledge.
Jamie Mayerfeld (1999). Suffering and Moral Responsibility. Oxford University Press.
Asma Abbas (2010). Liberalism and Human Suffering: Materialist Reflections on Politics, Ethics, and Aesthetics. Palgrave Macmillan.
Lilie Chouliaraki (2006). The Spectatorship of Suffering. Sage Publications.
Robert Audi (2007). Moral Value and Human Diversity. Oxford University Press.
Bernard E. Rollin (2006). Science and Ethics. Cambridge University Press.
John Harris (2002). Intimations of Immortality: The Ethics and Justice of Life-Extending Therapies. International Longevity Center-Usa.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads15 ( #114,157 of 1,101,746 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #191,891 of 1,101,746 )
How can I increase my downloads?