Negative emotions are familiar enough, but they have rarely been a topic of study in their own right. This volume brings together fourteen chapters on negative emotions, written in a highly accessible style for non-specialists and specialists alike. It starts with chapters on general issues raised by negative emotions, such as the nature of valence, the theoretical implications of nasty emotions, the role of negative emotions in fiction, as well as the puzzles raised by ambivalent and mixed emotions. The second part of the volume consists of studies of specific emotional phenomena, ranging from the emotion of being moved and the sense of uncanniness to jealousy, hatred, shame, contempt, anxiety, and grief.
"This is a superb, albeit unsettling, volume. Existence without anxiety, grief, disgust, hatred, or jealousy would be unrecognisable and an understanding of such negative emotions is an essential part of the examined life. Ranging from accounts of particular negative emotions to general issues concerning emotional valence, ambivalence, value, and rationality, these essays are essential reading for anyone working on affective phenomena."
- Joel Smith, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, The University of Manchester
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
1. Emotionally Charged: The Puzzle of Affective Valence
2. Nasty Emotions and the Perception of Values
3. Imaginative Resistance: Negative Emotions, Values and Fiction
4. Who is Afraid of Contrary Emotions?
Clotilde Calabi and Marco Santambrogio
5. Bitter Joys and Sweet Sorrows
6. The Emotion of Being Moved
Julien A. Deonna
7. The Uncanny and Other Negative Existential Feelings
8. Disgustingly handsome: Nausea in the Face of Physical Beauty
Anita Konzelmann Ziv
9. Stench and Olfactory Disgust
10. Anxiety: A Case Study on the Value of Negative Emotion
12. The Moral Shadows of Shame and Contempt
13. Negative Emotions and Racism
14. How to Think Yourself Out of Jealousy
Ronald de Sousa