Meeting 12: Envy, Jealousy, and Resentment

  • March 17, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Philosophy PhD candidate Sophia Bishop will lead this meeting about envy, jealousy, and resentment.

 

What exactly is envy, and how is it different from (as well as related to) the nearby emotions of jealousy and resentment?  Are these emotions always or typically unhealthful, irrational, immature, or wrong to feel, as they are typically accused of being?  Or, do any of these emotions have their salutary sides?  If these emotions have a purpose (evolutionary or otherwise), does that make them psychologically healthful or admirable, at least some of the time?

 

In preparation for the meeting, please read the "Envy" entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  It's short (6 pages), and it summarizes definitional issues of Envy, different forms of envy, and whether envy is rational.  It also contrasts envy with Jealousy, longing and resentment.  It then goes over some of the political implications of envy.  The entry is at http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/envy/

 

Please also read Justin D'Arms article Anthropocentric Constraints on Human Value (go to More -> Files)

 

Looking forward to March 17!

 

Justine

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  • Susan

    Sorry could not attend. Sounds like it was a great discussion. Looking forward to the next one.

    March 17, 2013

  • Randall

    Exactly what a good philosophy conversation should be! We defined the terms, discussed paradigmatic cases, re-examined concepts based on borderline cases, brought in other fields where appropriate [psychology, evolution, economics] to enrich the discussion, and heard from a variety of interesting positions. Can't ask for more! (Well, I could. But that would be Envy, and highly inappropriate.) An outstanding event to mark the one-year anniversary of this group. And what a great facilitator. Thanks to Sophia & Justine!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    Fabulous conversation! Some thought provoking issues brought up. Thanks, Justine, for coordinating. Have a great month everyone. Looking forward to the next time. Be well.

    March 17, 2013

  • Linda J.

    Sorry I could not come. I really wanted to however, my dog had his leg amputated and could not be left alone.

    Hopefully next time.

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting but too far away. Would love to see this online

    March 16, 2013

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