The Dynamics of <i>Fastidium</i> and the Ideology of Disgust

Robert A. Kaster

in Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195140781
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199789283 | DOI:
The Dynamics of Fastidium and the Ideology of Disgust

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This chapter investigates the two main forms of fastidium, the Latin term that most closely approximates English “disgust”. One form of fastidium is imagined as entailing an automatic and involuntary reaction of aversion or revulsion, and is taken to be ethically neutral. In the other form of fastidium, which is judged to be ethically offensive, entails making a deliberate judgment that some person or thing is inferior and hence repulsive. It is shown how the two forms of the script interact in ideologically and ethically complementary ways. A brief conclusion places this emotion in relation to the emotions studied in the previous chapters, and points to the possibilities for further research.

Keywords: ethics; offense; aversion; revulsion

Chapter.  14822 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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