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What Is Disgust?

Carolyn Korsmeyer

in Savoring Disgust

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756940
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756940.003.0002
What Is Disgust?

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This first chapter situates disgust within general emotion theory, both philosophical and psychological, and provides the grounds for understanding its function in aesthetic situations. Many theorists treat disgust as “primitive” and “basic,” along with certain other emotions (such as fear) that we share with nonhuman animals. At the same time, disgust appears to be a uniquely human affect, and despite certain pancultural features it also manifests particular social and historical values. The chapter reviews several current approaches to emotion in general, including debates between so-called cognitivists and noncognitivists. It also presents the work of a philosopher of an earlier generation, Aurel Kolnai, whose phenomenological approach to the allure of the disgusting serves as a reference point throughout this study.

Keywords: emotion theory; basic emotions; disgust; Robert Solomon; Martha Nussbaum; Paul Rozin; Paul Griffiths; Jenefer Robinson; Jesse Prinz; Aurel Kolnai; emotional theorists

Chapter.  11783 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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