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!