When Bad Things Happen to Other People


When Bad Things Happen to Other People

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 242 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415923347
  • DDC分類 248.4


It makes a vital contribution to not only philosophy, human behaviour and ethics, but challenges all of us to reexamine our feelings about suffering, sympathy and the ambiguity of justice.

Full Description

Although many of us deny it, it is not uncommon to feel pleasure over the suffering of others, particularly when we feel that suffering has been deserved. The German word for this concept-Schadenfreude-has become universal in its expression of this feeling. Drawing on the teachings of history's most prominent philosophers, John Portmann explores the concept of Schadenfreude in this rigorous, comprehensive, and absorbing study.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Introduction The Sometimes Sweet Suffering of xi
Key to Abbreviations xxii
I. When Pretty Bad Things Happen to Other People
Much Ado about Nothing? 3 (22)
Explaining Schadenfreude 25 (22)
II. When Really Bad Things Happen to Other
The Meaning of Suffering 47 (28)
Wicked Feelings 75 (32)
Celebrating Suffering 107 (22)
Punishment and Its Pleasure 129 (16)
Cheering with the Angels 145 (30)
Outlaw Emotions 175 (22)
Conclusion The Moral Problem of Schadenfreude 197 (10)
Notes 207 (14)
Works Consulted 221 (14)
Index 235