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Hiding from humanity : disgust, shame, and the law

Author: Martha Craven Nussbaum
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
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Martha Nussbaum elaborates a critique of the role that shame & disgust play in our individual & social lives &, in particular, in the law. She argues that we should be wary of these emotions because both are associated in troubling ways with a desire to hide from our humanity.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Craven Nussbaum
ISBN: 0691095264 9780691095264 0691126259 9780691126258
OCLC Number: 53186609
Awards: Winner of AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: Law 2004.
Description: xv, 413 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. Shame and disgust : confusion in practice and theory --
2. Law without the emotions? --
3. Two problematic emotions --
ch. 1. Emotions and law --
1. Appeals to emotion --
2. Emotion and belief, emotion and value --
3. Emotions, appraisal, and moral education --
4. Emotion and the "reasonable man" : manslaughter, self-defense --
5. Emotions and changing social norms --
6. Reasonable sympathy : compassion in criminal sentencing --
7. Emotions and political liberalism --
8. How to appraise emotions --
ch. 2. Disgust and our animal bodies --
1. Disgust and law --
2. Pro-disgust arguments : Devlin, Kass, Miller, Kahan --
3. The cognitive content of disgust --
4. Disgust and indignation --
5. Projective disgust and group subordination --
6. Disgust, exclusion, civilization. ch. 3. Disgust and the law --
1. Disgust as offense, disgust as criterion --
2. Disgust and the offender : the "homosexual-provocation" defense --
3. Disgust and the "average man" : obscenity --
4. Disgust as a reason for illegality : sodomy, necrophilia --
5. Disgust and nuisance law --
6. Disgust and the jury : "horrible and inhuman" homicides --
ch. 4. Inscribing the face : shame and stigma --
1. The blushing face --
2. Primitive shame, narcissism, and the "golden age" --
3. The refusal of imperfection : the case of B --
4. Shame and its relatives : humiliation, embarrassment --
5. Shame and its relatives : disgust, guilt, depression, rage --
6. Constructive shame? --
7. Constructive shame? --
8. Stigma and brand : shame in social life --
ch. 5. Shaming citizens? --
1. Shame and the "facilitating environment" --
2. Shame penalties : dignity and narcissistic rage --
3. Shame and "moral panics" : gay sex and "animus" --
4. Moral panics and crime : the gang loitering law --
5. Mill's conclusion by another route --
ch. 6. Protecting citizens from shame --
1. Creating a facilitating environment --
2. Shame and a decent living-standard --
3. Antidiscrimination, hate crimes --
4. Shame and personal privacy --
5. Shame and people with disabilities --
ch. 7. Liberalism without hiding? --
1. Political liberalism, disgust, and shame --
2. Mill's defense of liberty reconsidered --
3. The case against disgust and shame --
4. Emotions and forms of liberalism --
Notes --
List of references --
General index --
Index of case names.
Responsibility: Martha C. Nussbaum.
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