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The anatomy of disgust

Author: William Ian Miller
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press paperback edView all editions and formats
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William Miller details our anxious relation to basic life processes; eating, excreting, fornicating, decaying, and dying. But disgust pushes beyond the flesh to vivify the larger social order with the idiom it commandeers from the sights, smells, tastes, feels, and sounds of fleshly physicality. Disgust and contempt, Miller argues, play crucial political roles in creating and maintaining social hierarchy. Democracy
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Ian Miller
ISBN: 0674031555 9780674031555 0674031547 9780674031548
OCLC Number: 40924905
Description: xv, 320 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Darwin's disgust --
Disgust and its neighbors --
Thick, greasy life --
The senses --
Orifices and bodily wastes --
Fair is foul, and foul is fair --
Warriors, saints, and delicacy --
The moral life of disgust --
Mutual contempt and democracy --
Orwell's sense of smell.
Responsibility: William Ian Miller.

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Our notion of the self depends on it; cultural identities have frequent recourse to its boundary-policing powers; and love depends on overcoming it. Miller traverses literature, philosophy, history,  Read more...

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William Ian Miller...meticulously dissects the notion of disgust with the rigor of a legal brief, trying to determine its boundaries and powers. -- Edward Rothstein New York Times Having ably Read more...

 
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