The Aversive Emotions

Colin McGinn

in The Meaning of Disgust

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199829538
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919482 | DOI:
The Aversive Emotions

Show Summary Details


This chapter sketches out a map of the territory, assembling the data and enunciating some distinctive features, with the ultimate aim of producing a theory of what unites the class of disgusting things: what all and only disgusting things have in common. It surveys the class of disgusting things and attempts to work out what brings them together in the emotion they provoke: what properties do disgusting things have that make them produce the emotion of disgust in us? It follows Aurel Kolnai's pioneering phenomenological study, On Disgust, in classifying disgust as an aversive emotion, belonging together with fear and hatred. It is argued that disgust is a sui generis aversive emotion, importantly different from its aversive cousins. And this uniqueness is what makes it peculiarly problematic philosophically.

Keywords: disgust; disgusting things; aversive emotion; fear; hatred

Chapter.  3764 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.