Anger as Outrage

Jeremy Horder

in Provocation and Responsibility

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198256960
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681707 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Anger as Outrage

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This chapter describes the conception of anger underpinning early modern law: anger as outrage. The discovery that the doctrine of provocation can be analyzed in terms of conformity to and departure from even-temperedness and retributive justice yields a conception of anger called anger ‘outrage’. The first section of the chapter asks what anger is, approaching the question largely through an analysis of Aristotle’s account of feeling, judgment, and desire as an aspect of the virtue of even-temperedness. The second section explains what it means to respond rightly in anger, to act in anger in accordance with the means respecting the virtue of retributive justice. The third section considers outrage and self-control. The fourth section examines acting in anger on a moral principle. The fifth section examines outrage in modern law.

Keywords: anger; outrage; self-control; retributive justice; even-temperedness; Aristotle

Chapter.  6041 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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