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Sticks and stones : the philosophy of insults

Author: Jerome Neu, professeur de philosophie)
Publisher: New York ; Oxford ; Auckland : Oxford University Press, cop. 2008.
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"In Sticks and Stones, philosopher Jerome Neu probes the nature, purpose, and effects of insults, exploring how and why they humiliate, embarrass, infuriate, and wound us so deeply. What kind of injury is an insult? Is it determined by the insulter or the insulted? What does it reveal about the character of both parties as well as the character of society and its conventions? What role does insult play in social and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerome Neu, professeur de philosophie)
ISBN: 9780195388244 0195388240
OCLC Number: 690417717
Description: 1 volume (XI-292 pages) : couv. illustrations en coul. ; 21 cm
Contents: On feeling insulted --
Honor : slaps and swords --
Insult in play and ritual --
Assault from the rear --
The language of abuse --
Insult in the law : fighting words, obscenity, and hate speech --
Insult in the law : libel and slander --
Insult in the law : blasphemy --
Insult humor --
To understand all is to forgive all--or is it?
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"In Sticks and Stones, philosopher Jerome Neu probes the nature, purpose, and effects of insults, exploring how and why they humiliate, embarrass, infuriate, and wound us so deeply. What kind of injury is an insult? Is it determined by the insulter or the insulted? What does it reveal about the character of both parties as well as the character of society and its conventions? What role does insult play in social and legal life? When is telling the truth an insult? Neu draws upon a wealth of examples and anecdotes-as well as a range of views from Aristotle and Oliver Wendell Holmes to Oscar Wilde, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, and many others-to provide surprising answers to these questions. He shows that what we find insulting can reveal much about our ideas of character, honor, gender, the nature of speech acts, and social and legal conventions. He considers how insults, both intentional and unintentional, make themselves felt-in play, Freudian slips, insult humor, rituals, blasphemy, libel, slander, and hate speech. And he investigates the insult's extraordinary power, why it can so quickly destabilize our sense of self and threaten our moral identity, the very center of our self-respect and self-esteem."--Publisher's description.

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"Mr. Neu leads his readers into many a satisfying alleyway of mortifying wit." * Wall Street Journal * "Jerome Neu's book, Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults, provides a wide-ranging, Read more...

 
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